Re: [fukuoka_farming] Best of the West - Amish
- Hi Jon and all,
My wording wasn't quite right on that post, because I meant to say that the
farmer's reverence to nature or (/thus) to God is viewable in Japan, not
only because of the shrine on the farmland, but by the visible use of the
hand and minimal use of machines. But the scary thing is that there are
chemicals - and their use is invisible to the untrained eye.
>: each family learning aThis is the aspect I search for in Fukuoka philosophy - a sense of
> craft to aid the community in which they live.
obligation to our community and the importance of handing down our
knowledge - to build a society that would support ideas of sustainability
and the value of nature as something we should not control, but instead
accommodate ourselves and our lifestyles to. But maybe I'm trying to push
the envelope too far....
I'm aware of Fukuoka's charitable efforts all over the world but wonder if
we could also direct our attention to our own communities at a smaller
scale. One thing that left the most vivid image from the Japanese TV
special on Fukuoka farming in Greece was a 5-year old child returning to the
place where he had helped sow seeds earlier and finding the sprouted
seedballs. Children are so close to the earth literally and figuratively
and so if we could teach our children the power of these seedballs, I think
we could really change the world.
Sounds to me like we have a lot to learn from the Amish.
Blessings and peace,