“Hold your breath.” Take a breath.”
“Save your breath.”
“Catch your breath.”
“As I live and breathe.”
“It took her breath away.
“Until her last breath.”
Breath litters the English language. We use it to urge patience, calm and reflection; to signal astonishment or a lifelong adherence to something. Breathing and oxygen — their absence or presence — are at the root of all biological equations. For most of Earth’s creatures, they are essential to life.
Until 2010, scientists believed all organisms — except a few single cell outliers — depend on oxygen for life. (Scientific American.)
That’s when they discovered three different multi-celled animals living well-fed, reproductive, “oxygen-free” lives in the salty bottom muck of the Mediterranean Sea.* Holy sh*t.
“…the discovery opens the possibility of complex life forms on oxygen-free planets.”
*Coincidentally, “Mediterranean whales bear the brunt of industry’s historic toxins.“
Breathing Is Political is still pulling its pants up, but hopes to be fully-dressed soon. Thank you for your patience!