|Fort McMurray wildfires|
In Chinese cosmology, Yin and Yang is a metaphorical construct of opposing but complimentary forces. The continuous joining and separation of Yin and Yang regulates the rise and disappearance of all entities and phenomena in the cosmos.
A theme in the poem Fire Flowers by E. Pauline Johnson, first printed in a Canadian newspaper in December 1894, is that from desolation comes renewal.
The poet's personified purple-headed wild flowers emerge from the desolation of fire. Life revives. Life's resilience is its wonder.
If Yin is the tender green shoot, then Yang is the fire's heat that melted its seed coat.
In apparent cyclical perpetuity, death is the catalyst. Plants with fire-activated seed coats germinate and grow soon after the fire recedes. Such plants are called obligate seeders.
A wildfire in the Bitterroot National Forest
by John McColgan
Obligate means to oblige, compel or commit, which are actions with an implied interdependence like the continuous joining and separation of Yin and Yang. In a analogous way, all living things become obligate seeders.
- Canada's Fort McMurray wildfire 'to double in size', BBC News, 7 May 2016.
- Fire Flowers, E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose, by E. Pauline Johnson, Carole Gerson, Veronica Jane Strong-Boag.
- Yin and Yang, by Fabrizio Pregadio, The Golden Elixir.