Revised 2018.01.16


Visualize earth from space. The atmosphere seats the oceans and continents. Particles and waves fly through the air. Life breathes for air with oxygen and carbon dioxide. Rays of light shine from the sun to the surface. Electromagnetic waves stream out of phones and radio towers and satellites. Wind currents blow from place to place, carrying heat and water vapor. Birds and planes glide across the scattered sky with trails of loose feathers and combusted gas. Clouds drop rain and snow; sleet and hail. Gale patterns form tornadoes and cyclones. Asteroids and debris plummet from space through gravity and burn to dust through falling friction. The core's magnetic field deflects the sun's solar winds. A lone planet in a sea of stars and possibilities. The landscape of earth.

Land harbors rock and water. Minerals and dirt rest beneath grass and dust, dividing trees from magma. Rivers stretch past mountains and plains, across hills and valleys. Animals scurry through forests and swamps. Silence echoes over deserts and canyons, into islands and caves. From the shore's perimeter, a symmetry of life extends into the shallow and deep waters of lakes and oceans. Volcanoes and earthquakes rumble the crust. Geysers vent and natural gases emanate. Underground tunnels and pools remain. Desolate mysteries and forgotten artifacts abound the crevices of the unexplored. The landscape of terrain.

Cities and towns speck the surface with a sprawl of the urban and suburban; the rural and faraway. Great distances are traversed by roads and lights; carried by pipes and cables; bordered by walls and fences; rifted by chasms, pillars, and waters. The traditions of hunting and foraging have passed long ago. The modern way runs its course; farming arable land, breeding animals, mining rocks and minerals, pumping oil and natural gas, cutting trees, filtering saltwater, distilling air, harnessing solar rays and geothermal heat, capturing wind and water currents, navigating magnetic poles, researching wildlife and environments, gazing space and stars. The landscape of civilization.

All people eat and sleep, driven by survival. They choose from what seems available, towards pleasure and purpose. The mind trails its accomplishments, mistakes, missed opportunities, and critical moments; at varying depths these memories float in one's mental ocean. The potential for control ranges from interpretation and reflection to critical thinking and memory retrieval; to overcome built-in physiological tendencies and moderate the emotional reactions of one's present persona. Personal development is largely to repair habits and heuristics; to have compelling self-control and align one's channels of happiness toward the silent truth of one's unique, deep-seated identity. The landscape of psychology.