Something Feral

Digging up the flower-beds.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Small Miracles

I think what I like best about this idea is not that it can be done, but the utter simplicity with which it can be done.

Human nature hasn't changed one iota since we founded our first cities in the mists of pre-history. Furthermore, contrary to what the Utopians would have us believe, changing our nature isn't something that is within our power to do; we can only hope that a little wisdom rubs off on ourselves and others now and again in our search for salvation. This kind of cultivation goes far for alleviating hunger where it doesn't need to exist, which is one less thing to fight about. I'm all for it.

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

- Henry David Thoreau


Double Minded Man said...

Since its taking my comments again I thought I would try to post on this one again...

I think this is a cool video. It is fascinating to see how the various organisms on the planet can reclaim the land, be it from a salted desert or an abandoned city. And all this whole Permaculture process needs is a bit of work in the beginning and then allow nature to take over? How cool is that? Lord knows there is no water in that region right now. Even the Dead Sea is dying(!!!) from lack of water.

And the Dead Sea CANNOT die until I get to go out there and float in it!

Something Feral said...

The water's there, however briefly... The trick is convincing it to stay for any length of time, and permaculture pulls it off with style to spare. I'm only taking my first steps into this field, but it's something that doesn't require even an average-level of intelligence to understand: working with nature is easier than fighting it, and having it work for you is easier than doing it yourself. It's a beautiful thing; even a politician could understand it.

I'll be posting more on the topic in the near future, once I get myself organized.