Learn: It is what you do, not what the land does for you. It is not the responsibility of the land to teach you, but it might be your responsibility as a human to learn its ways. Learning involves placing attention upon something for an extended period of time. There is no other way to love. Learning is not the same as knowing. To know your land implies that you have achieved a sort of apogee in your education. Reaching such a destination banishes the possibility that there is more to learn. If you are human, there is always more to learn.

Your: This does not imply possession. Is the land really yours? I do not think so. Your in this three-part phrase denotes particularity and specificity, not possession. Learn the land that you live upon today. The last five words in the previous sentence summarize what is meant by your. Why does this matter? Humans are place-based creatures. To be from everywhere is to be from nowhere at all (i.e. homeless).

Land: Plants, trees, fungi, animals, birds, insects, fish, rivers, streams, lakes, bogs, valleys, hills, mountains, etc.

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