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|Tiny clear glass seed beads placed in two small washes, on two different beaches, on an island in the Salish Sea.
No-one would ever know that the beads are there --unless they picked up a rare, lucky handful of gravel and sand, on the right day, at the right place, on the right tide, then carefully sieved through it to find one single worn glass bead.
Who will ever see it?
Does that make any difference?
Who wants it?
Why do it?
The possibilities of the idea are silenced
if it's quickly dismissed as a waste of time and money.
Was it done at all if it is never found?
This kind of invisible action is an enquiry.The philosophical questions intrigue me. If it's only experienced by non-human life, does that make it useless? Does it then only exist in the human imagination? Is an unseen undertaking worthwhile? How could it mean anything?
Do small acts matter at all?
Do moments matter?
How strongly to you hold your opinion?
If I placed only 20 beads, is that better or worse than if I placed 100?
If I left 4,000, and no-one could find them,
would you believe me?
It's never a waste of time to commemorate a place, to scatter native flower seeds -- or human ashes. Dropping a dime into a wishing well, leaving a gift upon a doorway.
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