Re: [fukuoka_farming] Simple Things
- Hello Ruthie,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I totally agree that simplicity is very hard to achieve if we walk the talk. I love the phrase "I'm a drop in the ocean, and happy enough to be that drop"
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> From: Ruthie Aquino <ruthieaquino1@...>
>Sent: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 5:06 PM
>Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Simple Things
>What attracts me about natural farming is how limpid it is.
>Now, one of the hardest things to achieve, I find, is simplicity : in
>speech, in conduct, in thinking.
>How I would hate to be in the shoes of some who are tortured by their
>questionings and reduced to splitting hairs.
>This reminds me of a fond lover who searches the world to offer me the best
>gift. He finds the best gift, but I do not like it. He was searching to
>please himself, he did not bother to get to know me.
>Whether Fukuoka was preaching his type of religion (did I hear guru and
>mysticism?) matters little to me in the sense that his major impact was in
>sharing his succesful farming to me.
>Whether I am a rich person or a poor person is a minor consideration since
>rich and poor are on the same level when it comes to success in natural
>farming. Richer persons are not more succesful than poorer ones, and
>poorer persons less so for the lack of means, because it is not the rich
>person or the poor person that does the farming but Nature with a capital
>N. That is how I understand Fukuoka farming. I like the way it evens out
>the differences between social distinctions or whatever you call those
>differences in wealth. P.S. Fukuoka did not measure wealth in terms of
>material possessions but in terms of happiness, so if that's his religion
>I'll buy it, too.
>I also like Sepp Holzer and appalud his success and think he's smart to get
>a living out of a hostile mountain, and Paul Wheaton's permaculture site
>where I learned what to do with a cast-iron pan.Huh? not farming? HAHAHA He
>has a very rich site and it is a pleasure to visit it.
>I learn from permaculture design even if I do not necessarily practise it.
>Earthworks, water catchment, and other stuff are too heavy for me. I
>leave that to city planners.
>I'm a drop in the ocean, and happy enough to be that drop.
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