A Talk with Sarah Hunt

First the moon phases. When the moon is full, the month’s full moon occurs. Then it follows through. Earth’s distance from the moon determines the “calendar,” so if you observe the moon that is its full month, and the last day of a month, is the day of the full moon.

Then consider the clock. Clockwise, the movement of the moon is called the months because it continues to move in that general direction.

And finally, what about gravity? When the moon gets closer to the Earth, it changes its orbit, and because of that change, it sends a signal to us that it’s getting closer, and that that is influencing the way we go about our everyday activities.

The earth is billions of years old, and those intervening billions of years governed the development of the sciences that we know and love, beginning with light and furthering to other physical elements. You can understand these laws, and their change, in our turbulent, fast-paced society. Yes, life and the planet is complex, and some of the laws of nature had to evolve to make this happen.

It’s not simply an accident that more animals are unable to keep themselves in line with the laws of nature – the falling and rising tides, for example. Those of us who were able to form a conscious will do so.

There are things out there right now that dictate how we live today. We don’t live in lawless nature, and there are also individuals in the world today who take the law into their own hands, trying to make a difference. We’ve got our differences, but this week we’re going to reflect on all the possible futures of those who speak up for social justice, equality and the environment.

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