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I don’t know what it is about fecundity that so appalls. I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind, that life itself is so astonishingly cheap, that nature is as careless as it is bountiful, and that with extravagance goes a crushing waste that will one day include our own cheap lives. Every glistening egg is a memento mori." from Annie Dillard’s 1973 Atlantic essay "The Force that Drives the Flower
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1973/11/the-force-that-drives-the-flower/308963/?single_page=true
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