In our culture, we typically associate beauty and strength with being “perfect”, i.e. young and intact.
Today, however, I encountered a tiny creature that reminded me what a serious error this is in our values.
My camera and I regularly receive the images of butterflies and I do not believe we have ever encountered a living one as badly injured as this one.
To watch this this little one fly from flower to flower, feed and pollinate, with one hindwing almost totally missing and the other severely damaged, was nothing less than awe inspiring.
Beauty. Strength. O Holy Earth…teach us.