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Friday, June 19, 2009

Where amazing happens

I'm reading a book called "The One Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka. Fukuoka's approach to agriculture is to be at one with nature, choosing to do as little as possible and yet was able to have yields and quality comparable to other farmers who used pesticides, fertilizers and other modern day methods of farming. He maintained the reason that we have to resort to the techniques we use today is because we have upset the balance of nature and now have to spend time and money restoring the balance, e.g. crop rotation.

His agricultural philosophy extends easily to a living philosophy. His do-nothing approach does not literally mean do nothing, but do as little as possible by going along with nature's flow instead of fighting it. Swimming against the current takes more time and effort than channeling the river to where you want it to go. Or think about our use of plastic bags because they were durable, cheap and convenient and now we spend thousands of dollars recycling them. So where did all the savings go?

I'm not done reading the book but last night, one of his key thoughts helped me realize why I blog. This blog is really not about me although it is about me. (Go figure). But like Fukuoko and his life, I don't seek fame or imitation of what I do or believe. Most, if not all, of my life has been insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Chances are the rest of life will not be much different. But that's not the point really. The really point is that I live in an age where I see great changes, incredible inventions and marvelous things.

And so while this blog rarely shares the significant things in my life, it does provide me with a platform to share the significance of the world around me.

This is not the NBA where amazing happens. But it is where I witness the amazing...

I think if I can focus on just this thought, (thanks to Fukuoko), this blog will become a mirror for the amazing.


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