Thursday, May 24, 2012


BSD reader Dan has had it. 

Currently a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia, Dan would like to carve off his own special section of the continent-nation and secede.  Given the opportunity, I would grace his new nation's currency.  Before the Australian authorities get too worried, "secession" can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  To the Vienna Secession it's about art and freedom, clearly exemplified by their motto: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit" (To every age its art, to art its freedom).  A movement and a building, Vienna Secession's HQ maintains an active gallery space.  Famous gaudy-"erotic" painter Gustav Klimt once called himself a member. 

"Succession" on the other hand has nothing at all to do with secession (in fact its a completely different word).  In ecology, the term "succession" describes the process in which communities of organisms become established and later replaced by new, typically more stable communities.  Succession can be initiated by a disturbance in the ecosystem, such as a fire or logging, and nature’s process of restoration regenerates the land – building soil, nutrients, diversity and water retention. 

"Succession" can also simply describe the process whereby one thing proceeds another, as in presidential succession.  To give form to parlance, may I present two more "succeeding" images, courtesy of Australian secessionist and fan, Dan:

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