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• Monday, October 15th, 2012

fungi in the forestSource: St. Jim the Composter

Stop to smell the flowers and you might learn something.   Farmers and other ecosystem managers are considering a whole lot of factors few of us city slickers know about.    They have better sense than to try to kill off every living thing that’s not salable.   Country people are more mature about the facts of life and death.    They’re familiar with the smell of manure, and not unduly afraid of it.   They know that what feeds the life in the soil – the dead bodies and manure of plants and animals – feeds us people.

Nature – the community of life that provides us with the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe, and consumes our waste products for us – has an incredible ability to heal the destructive impacts of industrialization.     The first entrants into an area damaged by radiation are microbes and fungi; this is why composting is a pollution-cleaning technology.   The web of life slowly re-establishes itself, and (though the genetic damage will take many generations to restore the site) life will re-establish itself.     But don’t kid yourself – the myth of clean, safe nuclear power, unquestioning belief in which was nurtured by the military-industrial establishment to continue the nuclear industry and manufacture bombs after World War II, is genetically destabilizing the planet.

The Bahai faith believes that humanity as a whole is on a path of maturation, like growing from childhood to adulthood.    And our current stage is adolescence.    We’re running around inventing and manufacturing enormous numbers of new things, not thinking of the consequences.     Should we make it through to maturity as a species, it will be because our lover side has won over our warrior side.   The Catholic philosopher Father Thomas Berry said, “The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.”  Though this mystical attitude – that, as American Indians believe, even plants and rocks are alive – seems illogical, the most advanced modern science is confirming that there is no real separation between anything.    When you hurt another creature you’re hurting yourself.    The most productive gardens and farms are those in which ALL species are welcome.     The way to win a war is to make friends with the other side, not defeat them.

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2 Responses

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    Pierre 

    Sound philosophy. Bonne chance. P.

  2. If you liked this, check out “Mushrooms can save the world,” by Paul Stamets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkFxNT-LHi4

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