The struggle for existence, 23 May

An avocado seed has flared inside our compost, despite the regime of darkness.
I think of removing it and planting it in the garden. Our last one died.

Is a seed, not growing or moving, dead or alive?
A seed is the embryo of a new plant and contains all necessary information and resources to begin a new life. As such, a seed is alive but in dormancy. It’s all about potential.

A Judean date palm has grown from the known oldest seeds in the world, around 2,000 years old. They probably remained viable for so long because they are adapted to the desert and tolerant of desiccation.

‘I should premise that I use the term Struggle for Existence in a large and metaphorical sense, including dependence of one being on another, and including (which is more important) not only the life of the individual, but success in leaving progeny.’ Charles Darwin, Chapter III, On the Origin of Species, 1859.

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