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Reflections on an unspoken hunger

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1. A continue of former class discussion--what is the unspoken hunger?

I felt like I hadn't explained my points clearly enough in class. In my opinion, the unspoken hunger is a hunger for vitality (I didn't say this word in class because I forgot how to say it in English). When we eat the "green fleshy" vegetable, we are consuming not only its body, but also its "soul", its "life". Its bright green color and fleshy appearance are symbols for its vitality, and they are the important factors that make us "risking the blood of our tongues repeatedly".


2. "Life appeared fluid"

In "Water Songs", Terry Templest Williams wrote about the fluidity of life. The genes and life patterns of living organisms can be fluid, because they changes as the surrounding environment changes; The environment itself can be fluid, because it could be shaped by all organisms living in it together; Human activity can be fluid, because people could move from place to place, bringing other organisms with them and artificially isolate them with there original population by geographical barrier.

What does this fluid mean? I think it means a mutually changeable, reversible movement of material. Take water cycle as the simplest example--water from rivers flows into the sea, water from the sea evaporate into the clouds and after a rain, much of the water comes back to the river.

Some human activities are not fluid: creating the landfill sites, as mentioned in this article, destroyed the wetlands and make the place lack of vitality. Luckily, the so called "desserted areas" were destroyed and desserted by us, but were never abandoned by nature.

I appreciate the fluidity of life, because it is this fluidity that makes lives really "live".