RE: [fukuoka_farming] the tiller in me is the tiller in you
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From: Treesa Rogerson [mailto:treemail@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] the tiller in me is the tiller in you
this is s fascinating discussion group
but I am bored to tears and deleting deleting
when I read all this philosophical rototilling.
I am going outside to play, to do nothing, and to
watch things grow.
Hello Treesa, don't you think (feel) this is a cheap shot, written more for
effect than substance? In an email group dedicated to the discussion of
Masanobu Fukuoka and his Natural Farming, thought, feeling, philosophy and
spirituality are all 'On Topic' as Fukuoka eloquently expressed in his
Beneath is a quote from "One-Straw Revolution" and like all quotes could
obviously be taken out of context and used (abused) for my own ends,
however, to judge the accuracy of my interpretation I would far rather you
read the entire book (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fukuoka_farming/files/)
than go by this single quote alone:
"In trying to gain a clear understanding of what it is that fills him with
wonder, what it is that astonishes him, he has two possible paths. The first
is to look deeply into himself, at him who asks the question, "What is
(One-Straw p64 of online copy)
My post of yesterday was intended to bring Fukuoka into the debate of 'Our
place in nature' as it is a question he himself specifically addressed
above, I wrote:
"This discussion of 'our place in nature' is revealing of the bind
occidental mankind is in (including those geographically oriental but
Perhaps I can best display this bind by asking a question: Who is asking
the question about our place in nature? And, further: What validity does
any answer have when the questioner and respondant are the same?
To broaden the arena of this questioning further, given the
Fukuokan/Buddhist/Existential realisation that humanity knows nothing, how
can we ever feel that any answer to this question is meaningful?"
My point would be: Why does Fukuoka bother to philosophise? I have always
considered the reason to be because he believed that NF was not about
agriculture so much as the perfection of human being. There are many
rule-based, entirely practical forms of farming, I choose Fukuoka because he
does not farm by rote but by observation...he challenges and denigrates
Souscayrous...PS Thanks Pavle, it's good to know I'm not alone.