What is it to live in the Good Way? What encompasses living life in the Bad Way? And what is the Better Way?
Upon reflection it dawns on me as I weed the guinea grass from the abundant, rich Hawaiian soil that life in this scope can certainly be determined to be the Better Way.
I have come to this conclusion through the process of assessing exactly what it is I am doing with my effort and energy. You see the guinea grass feeds on the enzymes and nutrition found in the soil, which in turn prevents the plants from absorbing these compounds to supplement their needs to bloom and ripen into fresh, organic, vitalizing produce. Be it cacao, cilantro, pineapples, sweet potato, lettuce, arugula; anything that grows and produces at ground level is caught in a waging battle with this incredibly diverse and adaptive feeder plant.
The cycle of growth and maturity is hampered by the constant outgrow of this fibrous, resilient weed, which multiples in such an admirable way [similar to mushroom spores that reproduce in almost the exact same way by laying the mycelium before the hyphae goes onto establishing its network rooting system] one needs to be mindful of how to contain this potential destroyer of crops and yields.
So, here I am, playing God by providing the producing plants with more water, sugar, nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and so on, by applying deadly precision to cut off and uproot the structure of the guinea grass. I am humbled to know I am doing God’s work; Great Mystery works through me as I lay the hammer down to protect the innocent and giving and slay the cancer that seeks to take, take, take without a second thought. Therefore my perspective is unchanged; the life of the [agriculturalist] permaculture-based, organically inspired farmer is the Better Way; for it creates a better you, a better me and a fruitful environment where natural sustainability wins the day, everyday.
If you say this is the Better Way – what constitutes the Good Way?
Well now, my opinion/s is/are created and sharpened through the moulding hands of experience and a well-rounded cognitive balance. I seed my thoughts, analyze them, refine them, then weigh them in accordance with what I understand in order to generate my perspective. Following this method my theory is that the Good Way of living is that which brings forth the sensation of mediocrity and fleeting accomplishment; completing a days work, saying yes and performing congenial deeds more so than saying no, waking up and doing what is dutiful by those you care for and love, living for others on a superficial basis, taking your mother shopping on the weekends etcetera. The value of these examples is of merit no less, but not to the same threshold as the Better Way. For you are, in part, fulfilling the work of the creative force but are doing what intelligence believes is best, but that is not necessarily the case.
We have been reared to believe that living a life of conformity, subservience and cognitive dissonance provides us with a sense of “I am doing well, I have a job, good enough income, a spouse who is seemingly content” and so on; however, we seldom reach inwardly and reflect on the most pertinent of questions out of being unwilling to challenge our core beliefs and bring to life our reason, our innate purpose for being born of this world at this time. We cling with dear life to our common ideals – freedom of choice, free will, each to their own – when in fact beyond this paradigm lies purpose. [And there is nothing ‘free’ in ‘free will’.] Beyond the chaff and fodder of misguided truths we have a universal purpose of deliverance and protection; to deliver ourselves back to ourselves and protect the Mother’s Earth, which permits us to do this.
And what of the Bad Way?
It is not for me to describe. And this is so because I am not too often in the presence, within self or others, who embody the art of this way of living. Of course there are obvious personality traits and qualities that I have experienced and have moved me so deeply in ways that were disingenuous, left me in the knowledge of what to bypass and alleviate from my journey. Deliberately violating, harming, or hurting oneself or another verbally, mentally or psychologically headline this way of living, and it brings me great sadness that this manifestation of the human being is fore-fronted by advertising conglomerates and mass media productions globally. Why do we know of Monsanto and of Bayer more than we do of Amanita Mascara and Vice? Where have all of our Mothers and Fathers gone? Why has history been erased and in its place a story has materialized that is devoid of household truths of our genetic heritage, memory and sovereignty? What are this additives and poisonous chemicals in our water, food and toothpaste?! And what are we eating?
Being in Kauai for the last 4 weeks has certainly rearranged the way I see the world and how I see Reece, Son of Karen of the Walker family, and how I wish to look upon myself as I continue to build from good to better in the hope that this alteration sinks beneath the surface.
Thank you for your time, support and Being.