They’re having an online Food Summit April 6-12th. You can sign up here….and it’s free. Woot.
Treating others as we wish to be treated…as all of our faiths require us to do…
Carol Hand’s post on Spirituality and Rationality.
If one does not know the details of another’s path, there is really no basis to judge them and deflect one’s attention away from the responsibility to follow one’s own path with integrity and fidelity for the sake of the community.
This goes with being humble and not standing on a street corner blaring one’s belief. Christians have forgotten the passage to keep one’s faith quietly, thanks to George W., who used Christianity as a vehicle to get so much un-Jesus-like laws and wars into action.
This is the Unitarian belief — that all paths are valid and there is no “right way” to God/Creator/Allah/Higher Power. I think they allow atheists in, if they follow the Golden Rule, even if not believing in a Higher Power.
Faith is scary. Sometimes you feel quite alone, in the dark, and lost. It’s hard to keep the faith at those times when you’re in transition –waiting for guidance to show you the path…
For each “right” choice, you feel a sense of joy and gratitude, and for each selfish or thoughtless choice, you feel the pain of those you harmed. When you finally reach the present moment, you can choose to walk the path toward light or darkness based on what you discovered about yourself.
They’re going to take their marbles and go home if they can’t have their way.…that is, every candidate fawning over the banking industry and not reigning in the Too Big Too Fails….
My other posts on the banks:
Bankers’ budget bill...featuring Elizabeth Warren fighting against them.
Banks’ fraud and the timeline of relaxing the Glass-Steagall rules…
I found another good video on a couple adopting a sustainable lifestyle:
It’s really interesting they came to the same conclusions that I have and see living sustainably as a challenge that gives them a thrill. They meet new problems with a creative mindset. I love that.
It’s all about how you view it, and whether you see it as a positive or a negative way of life. I’ve really done a one-eighty in that regard. And I’m in awe of others who have done the same. I can’t help but smile that there is something spiritual at work here.
Gotta love the Mystery. 🙂
**Oh, and I found this older couple, who’ve done it all their lives, and pretty much thumbed their noses at those that didn’t believe they could do it:
The Koch Party is once again trying to do Monsanto, et al,’s bidding by preventing labeling of OUR food.
Here’s a petition to Congress to protest the DARK act. Please sign if you’re so inclined. ( Poet and don’t know it. 😛 )
Not only do we have the right to decide what goes into our bodies via vaccines, we also have the right to know what we are putting into it, via our food.
Personally, growing my own food is more attractive because I know for certain that it is grown without chemicals, with sustainability in mind, and with heirloom seeds, therefore no Genetically Modified Organisms…heck, it’s not even hybrid of the same vegetable/flower. Hybrids have their place, I guess, but they hybridized the taste right out of the food along with the undesirable characteristics. Cardboard tomatoes, anyone? Blech.
PeakMoment has a video up on a sustainable farmer that embraces diversity in farming:
Now, he uses plastics (barrels) on his farm, and I personally would not use plastic unless there were no other way. He uses the barrels for the kitchen garden so he can move them if necessary, but I think putting a wood or other structure on wheels would serve that purpose.
He brings to mind the old farmers that I grew up around — making do with what you had instead of buying something. I think his food dryer is pretty ingenious. As I watched that segment, I was thinking that we have lost so much of those basic skills of observing nature and learning from it and of what they used to refer to as common sense.
I can’t for the life of me figure out why he wanted to destroy the blackberries. Blackberries! A superfood! (sigh)
In another video I was watching, a sustainable farm in Hawaii was using bunny poo for fertilizer. However, the way they were going about it felt wrong to me. They had the bunnies in a huge cage that they moved from place to place. I just don’t believe in caging animals. Besides, the bunnies would poo naturally all over the place (our yard is a testament to that) :), but they should have the freedom to move about.
I once read a webpage by a gal who had Native American ancestry, and she stated that they believed that animals had something of a contract with us — that in the days of hunting, an animal would show itself, allowing them to be hunted and the Indians to eat. She made the correlation between today’s modern farm practices of caging cows, pigs, and whatever, and she said they were also volunteering for us to eat. I was puzzled at that because it’s pretty hard for animals to “volunteer” when they are held captive. I’m just saying that it’s not the same as in the days of hunters and gatherers.
And we are definitely less grateful and less respectful towards the animals than before. As the farmer states in the video, he sees the lamb being born, he feeds it, and then he will butcher it, which he dislikes. But he appreciates the sacrifice the animal has given.
The farmer also recognizes how much more connected he is to all that surrounds him. It’s something I experienced, too, working on a farm. It’s really hard to describe the feeling of Being.
Highly recommend this — Vandana Shiva is a warrior against GMOs, unsustainable farming practices, and ownership of the natural world by corporations looking to control life itself. Bless her. (love her outfit, by the way, beautiful colors)
I am a latecomer to Gene Logsdon’s fan club…well, sort of….I actually have the Practical Skills book he wrote in 1985….but I bought it more as a history book. Haha. Silly me. Everything goes in a circle, and here we are…
Anyway, I found the letters touching...God Bless the contrary ones who find their own path and stay true to it….