Collected Electric


The very very distant past, and the almost present future.
April 28, 2009, 08:37
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Goodness me.

It’s almost the end of the academic year.

It’s the end of the 08/09 Inklight Committee (Congratulations to the 09/10 crew!)

It’s the end of my sister’s single life.

It’s almost the end of my youth, and Chris’ teenagedom.

Sometimes, that annoying American-ish aphorism ‘you just need some perspective’ does have some truth to it.

 

This baby mammoth was found by a Russian hunter, who initially thought it was a reindeer carcass sticking out of the snow. In fact, what he found was a perfectly preserved baby mammoth, encased in ice for 40,000 years.

This tiny, 6 month old mammoth calf was trotting along after mummy mammoth in the last Ice Age- between 1.8 million to 11,500 years ago. 

That vast expanse of time is simply incomprehensible. The fragile beauty of this infant, perhaps emphasised by the anthropomorphising of elephants, is both inherently sad and somehow affirmative.

How would it be, if i were perfectly preserved now? What would be encased in ice? Those marks I chase like poisonous butterflies to taunt others with, the perfect image crafted at the mirror? Even this, this body i carry around with me, would that be the ‘me’ that is perfectly preserved?

Despite the sadness of such child (yes yes i know it’s really an elephant) being taken away from its family and its potential so young… she’s never failed, she hasn’t even had the opportunity.

Yes. An Ice Age baby mammoth, found by someone who was roaming for food and not just going to Tesco for supernoodles, does stretch the perspective more than sufficiently.

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