Nature Is No Capitalist

It’s time to bring in the sunflower heads before the birds, field mice, and squirrels devour all the sunflower seeds. I’m already too late for one of the sunflower heads. Something or many things have already had a feast and made off with most of its seeds.

Investors in the stock markets are proud if they can make 10% a year. There are the occasional stocks that take off and reward a few much more than that, but even those are peanuts compared to what planting a single sunflower seed will return in just four months. One sunflower seed will turn into a tall plant with multiple flowers, and each flower may have 1,500 seeds. If a sunflower seed was a dollar, you’d be talking about turning $1 into $3,000 or $5,000 in just four months. That’s crazy talk, but it’s what nature does all the time. Nature doesn’t know when to quit.

If nature behaved like a capitalist, humankind would have starved out of existence tens of thousands of years. Fortunately, nature is generous, far more generous than humans can even fathom. Nature thinks, “Let’s turn one seed into a thousand, no a million, no a bazillion!” Nature is never thinking, “Let’s see how much we can charge for this.” Nature’s plan is to just give it all away. So how did humans get to be the conniving, selfish things we are?

The ducklings are growing fast. It hasn’t even been two weeks since they hatched, and they are larger than a chick would be after a whole month. I don’t know if it is driving the mother hen crazy, or if she is thinking, “At this rate I’ll be done raising the lot in no time.” When I did this last year, Claire raised her ducklings for two months before she decided enough was enough.

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