Appreciating the Flowers, Appreciating the Garbage

Andrew R. French
3 min readFeb 2, 2023

A flower contains garbage, and garbage contains a flower.

This is what Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh noted, time and time again.

He passed away almost exactly a year ago. The flower that was his life became garbage, and yet the garbage that is death will once again become a flower.

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Andrew R. French

Writer at the Intersection of Earth Science and Culture