No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main. John Donne
Having Patti Rosellini discover BOFAW reminded me of Elton John’s “Golden Oldie,” “Michelle’s Song.” A very, very long time ago (1975) I was not aware of the song until students used it in a slide-show to translate and communicate what they experienced on their trip to Yosemite. The current slide-show captures some of the joy and innocence that Biodesigners often experienced as they discovered the wonders of themselves, each other and Mother Nature. They were “casting pebbles in the water” that are still sending gentle ripples throughout the universe.
One of the most important themes of Biodesign out For A Walk is that The Class, and the book, were the result of a collaborative effort between students, parents, chaperones, scientists, sages and multiple mentors. Truly, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts and I was merely a “piece of the continent, a part of the main.” It was truly an awesome privilege to be invited into the sacred realm of the teenage soul and I think it is important to share some of their insights.