"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Really dumb...

Firstly, won't you join me in welcoming Orange Jeep Dad to our friendly circle.
OJD lives in Arizona, USA, and is the father of "6 beautiful girls"!  Very nice blog, OJD - hope you find that "ideal" job you're seeking really soon.

I always answer comments, OJD, but due to (solar) power restraints, and our differing time zones, it may not appear on the same day as you make them.  Hang in there, though... :)


Now, I'd like to share with you all an e-mail I received from a long time buddy, Labrat.

It is entitled "God and Grass" and records a conversation between God and St. Francis:

GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is
going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colours by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

St.FRANCIS:It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it - sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow.
And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

GOD: No! What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

ST. CATHERINE: 'Dumb and Dumber',  Lord. It's a story about....

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis.

It is so simple, and makes perfect sense, doesn't it?  And it makes me wonder how much I really think I know...


JaneofVirginia said...

Wonderful story ! This makes me glad I ran from the suburbs with the family before any of their mind control attempts worked on me !

DFW said...

Love it. And it's so true!

Dani said...

Jane - Couldn't agree with you more LOL But, even we are guilty of mowing - both the wild grass and indigenous flowers - in order to make "our" land safer (i.e. snake visibility)

Dani said...

DFW - T'is, isn't it ;) And all in the name of "pavement prettiness and tidiness"?

Small Footprints said...

I've heard this story before and it STILL rings true. Nature is so perfect ... but we humans always think we know better. :-) Thanks for sharing ... and the reminder!

Dani said...

SF - it was new to me, and made such sense that I had to share it :)

1st Man said...

That is SO true. Here in Houston, they clear down whole areas of trees, to build neighborhoods and then plant trees in the front yards. Never understood that.

Dani said...

1st Man - yeah, have seen that too, and have never understood why they don't build AROUND the trees....?

Leigh said...

A very clever story to get an excellent point across. The silliness of lawn!

tantalising labrat said...

This highlights the stupidity of keeping up witht he Jones's and our need to consume consume consume... When will it stop?

Dani said...

Leigh - The question is what else do we do that conflicts with God's plan for this planet? Knowingly or unknowingly?

Dani said...

Labrat - What Jones's? Consumerism, yeah - a complete and utter waste of time, and JUST what the manufacturers want us to follow wholeheartedly, for their benefit only...!

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

You would have thought they got the hint when the english named it ' leaves'. :/

Dani said...

TSAHG - LOL - very aptly put!