Aphorism 46

The non-human outward takes and gives continuously.  The sun consumes matter but emits light and warmth.  The tree consumes carbon dioxide but releases oxygen.  A volcano destroys life but creates more land.  Non-human animate creatures procreate and consume but also are consumed.  In contrast, the human outward merely procreates and consumes.  Only in death does the human outward provide food for bacteria and material for re-creation.  Therefore, relative to the whole, the human outward only provides value in death.