We can view this peninsula as the head of a turtle.
Or we can view it as a lump of rock that reminds us, childishly, of a turtle, or just as a drowned, eroded hilltop, a remnant of an uplifted ridge.
Is the connection with thought, in other words, significant, or is it just an error that we can sever with a quick cut? And by “is it significant”, I mean, is it able to add to our relationship with the lake? Is that capable of improving the lake and the land and the life dependent upon them? Think carefully. You are making this choice for both yourself and the Earth.
If you choose the turtle, you’ve chosen an Earth that thinks for you, or, perhaps better, one you think with. If you choose the “cut”, then you’ve chosen to think without the Earth. It’s not part of your mind or your body.
Even though it is there at the centre of things.