learn the flowers
There are italicised recommendations Gary Snyder makes at the end of his poem For the Children. Scot Slovic in The Etiquette of Freedom explains them as such:
Stay Together: "Pay attention to the importance of community. Work with each other. Even if you have opposing perspectives, even if you come from different cultural traditions, find a way to work together to stay together."Learn the Flowers: "Notice you surroundings and learn about them. To me 'learn' implies actively studying something - not just learning what it looks like on a superficial level, but actually engaging in an energetic and deliberate effort of study."
Go Light: "Pay attention to you actual lifestyle, to the practical aspects of life. Try to have a light impact on the planet and on the cultural communities that you are intersecting with.'Go Light' means ' live carefully'".
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