2529RE: [fukuoka_farming] Re: 2 Points
- May 1, 2003Hello Robert, I respect your devotion and your ministry in OKC, I've been
following your progress since stumbling upon your BetterTimes ezine a couple
of years ago - I appreciate the regular updates you send to the group.
I know you're a busy man but perhaps it would be useful to the group to hear
a more detailed account of your Christian understanding of Fukuoka and NF. I
find I'm far too often muttering negatively about dualism and the failure of
the West...etc etc ad infinitum. I'd certainly appreciate the opportunity of
constructing a positive dialogue to draw out the connections between Fukuoka
and Christianity which I'm sure exist but that I don't have the necessary
experience/insight to have drawn for myself.
From: robert waldrop [mailto:rmwj@...]
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 4:19 AM
Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: 2 Points
Well, I have hesitated to get into this thread, but this statement isn't
> the phrases you quoted reflect very christian views, i feel....Maybe some Christians feel that way, but its not good theology.
I am a devout Catholic Christian, founder of a Catholic Worker house, I
see no conflict between my religious faith and natural farming. In fact,
my own experiments with urban natural gardening are rooted in my
Christian faith and my praxis of the teachings of my church.
Natural farming can and should be expressed/explained in a variety of
religious/theological/philosophical/cultural/racial world views, for the
human ecology of this planet is nothing if not composed of a rather
variegated tapestry of such beliefs. And natural farming praxis has to
take into account the human species because we have such an impact on
Also, my personal intuition is that all species are 'centric towards
their own species. My dogs, for example, never leave any extra treats
for the cats, and if I give the cats treats, if a dog comes close he is
liable to get scratched on the nose. Maybe they learned this
caninecentric and felinecentric behavior from their long association
with us, but I don't think so. Whatever else we are or might be in the
future, we have the ability to rise above an anthrocentric viewpoint to
take into account all of the myriad parts of Creation.
Robert Waldrop, OKC
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