Green Space: Light which has a dominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm permeating a void. How could such a phrase be used so frequently, so poorly, to represent complex places of varied natural living process?
The universe is full of space. If life-relations are broken-dead, then all you have is space.
Such banality fails to articulate the interconnectedness of life, fails to inspire us to engage and participate in the power of interconnected living systems, anywhere.
It’s OK to be less generalist when talking about public places. Ornamental “parks” and “gardens” are where humans curate all, but when it comes to free and wild processes, be distinct, honour them with a name.
So in keeping with my work on Kinnages, I offer an alternative word, Kinnaria, to describe the koinonia or kin-gathering in the nagorasphere, where all is exchangeable in between those human harder edges. And for all people.
Kin (family) aria (originally ‘ary’ ~ contributing to, for the purpose of).
Kinnaria ~ for the purpose of kindom.
In the best of times, these too are interconnected. See them on a map, better, experienced in loops around your towns and cities; better still, weaving through and around our kinnages.
Life’s flow of the microbiome, breath, the spores, cells, fluids, chemical signals, speech, song. So many directions. Complexity. Diversity. The Nagorasphere.
These sacred, rich places are where our own species act less as stewards but community-willed participants alongside all kin in that unique locale in this universe; climate, orientation, wetness, microbes, nanobes, land swell, soils.
Here, we see nature as a community, affecting the viscera (symnexia), the deepest possible respect for natural processes (praximund), and a fundamental requisite of fluminism. Here, all life finds leverage, traction, devotion.
We realise our immanence in these places, as may all species who wish to freely be there.
My daughter also came up with something beautiful and simple.
Credit: WYLD ~ coined by Gracie-Anne Battson.
In Burmese mythology, four of the Buddha’s past animal lives are “kinnara”. The symbol of the Karenni people is the kinnara and the kinnari, half bird half human, and symbolic of true love.