Colin Fletcher’s The Man Who Walks Through Time begins with a long consideration of the rhythm of the rocks. He discovers, on his trip afoot through the Grand Canyon, that the earth isn’t a stagnant bit of rock, but a thing alive with a rhythm that we are not often enough tuned in to, mostly due to the fact that we move with smaller, faster steps.
While the rocks move along at a slow, steady, ever-changing rhythm (one so slow we most often overlook it as a rhythm at all, thinking of it rather as an unchanging earth), there is a frenzy of activity going on in the animal life that moves across the face of these rhythmic rocks. This movement at another pace, often much faster than our own (think of the insects, for instance), seems to set up an especially dynamic environment, moving along with the rocks, but seemingly at a very different pace.
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