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WORLD IN YOUR POCKET

Take care of an egg for one day – and the world for all the rest of your days

Humans gave themselves a very choice name: "Homo sapiens" is
Latin for "wise men." Other species
of animals might not agree with this name. To a large animal like the moose, which can move its bulk through the bush without cracking a twig, a human being stumbling and crashing through a forest probably doesn't seem very wise. Yet, as a species, humans are wise in many ways. We've learned to use the resources of the world to make our lives easier and more comfortable. But, at the same time, we've caused a lot of damage and destruction. No other living creature is able to influence and change the environment as humans can. That means that humans have a big responsibility in the world. Humans are indeed wise; the real question is, are we wise enough?

Our world is like an egg. The world houses life, just as an egg can contain a baby chicken. The world sustains life, just as we can obtain nourishment from an egg. The world is strong, just as an egg's shell is tough enough to protect a developing chick. But the world is also fragile, just as a forceful blow will crack an egg's shell and cause its contents to spill out. The world is a human responsibility, just as caring for an egg for a day is your responsibility.

First thing in the morning, choose your very own egg. You might want to mark the egg so that you can tell it's yours. How is the egg like planet Earth?

The challenge is to carry the egg with you all day and make sure it stays whole. You can't put the egg in any sort of protective packaging. Go through your day as you normally would. Take the egg everywhere you go.

You only get one egg. If the egg cracks, there are no second chances.

How do you feel at the end of the day? Did the egg survive? How did you change your activities to protect the egg? Is it a big responsibility to care for an egg? How difficult is it?

© SV Bosak, www.legacyproject.org

Science Is...

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