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.A response to the measurement of time created by Mackenzie Tucker and Elizabeth Bush.
"Why do I say that nature does not produce? The original meaning of the word suggests the contrary: to lead out and forward, to bring forth from the depths. And yet, nature does not labour: it is even one of its defining characteristics that it creates. What it creates, namely individual ‘beings’, simply surges forth, simply appears. Nature knows nothing of these creations – unless one is prepared to postulate the existence within it of a calculating god or providence. A tree, a flower or a fruit is not a ‘product’ – even if it is in a garden. A rose has no why or wherefore; it blooms because it blooms. It does not know that it is beautiful, that is smells good, that it embodies a symmetry of the nth order. It is surely almost impossible not to pursue further or to return to such questions. ‘Nature’ cannot operate according to the same teleology as human beings. The ‘beings’ it creates are works; and each has ‘something’ unique about it even if it belongs to a genus and a species: a tree is a particular tree, a rose is a particular rose, a horse is a particular horse. Nature appears as the vast territory of births. ‘Things’ are born, grow and ripen, then wither and die. The reality behind these words is infinite. As it deploys its forces, nature is violent, generous, bountiful, and above all open. Nature’s space is not staged. To ask why this is so is a strictly meaningless question: a flower does not know that it is a flower any more than death knows upon whom it is visited. If we are to believe the word ‘nature’, with its ancient metaphysical and theological credentials, what is essential occurs in the depths. To say ‘natural’ is to say spontaneous. But today nature is drawing away from us, to say the very least. It is becoming impossible to escape the notion that nature is being murdered by ‘anti-nature’ – by abstraction, by signs and images, by discourse, as also by labour and its products. Along with God, nature is dying. ‘Humanity’ is killing both of them – and perhaps committing suicide into the bargain."
- Excerpt taken from Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space Excerpt from chapter Social Space.