SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the type of agriculture described by the author where there is a personal relationship between the human and the seed? Can you describe a time you could see a deep synergy between life forms competing for the same resources? What helps you discover technology like 'Three Sisters planting' in your own work?
"when you touch a seed with love and afftection with a silent prayer in your heart to the lord to take its care before sowing, it gives in abundance" Ancient truth as revealed by our great grandfatthers.
Masterly thought in the article revives all the old memories passed by through generations. Thanks for such sharing and caring.
Even today what we grow any vegi or fruit in our garden , the fruit or vegi has a certain earthy odour so soothing so original and so full of taste.
The foundation of any relationship is caring and tust. According to my experience of my personal relationship between human beings in my life and between me and nature, I feel deep connection which I call LOVE.IN such relationships there is deep caring , compassion, tenderness and connectedness. As a child, my first personal expereince of such relationship was between me,other members of my family and our family cow. My mother was taking care of our cow in many ways. My mother named our cow, Yamuna, the sacred river of India. I would never forget watching my mom milking Yamuna with tendeness and love, like a mother tending her child. This expereince has planted a seed of compassion in my heart which has been growing naturally as I am growing in age.
Applying the technology of indigenous culture in many cotexts of my life has been a complementary and enriching experience.. We have a team of five people where I work. called Learning Support Team. Our task is to help children, teachers and parents who need special help in class rooms. We have special and unique skills. Our relationship is complementary like theThree Sisters providing caring, support and assitance to the triad-children, teachers and parents.We love to apply this "primitive technology.".Our reationship is complementary, not competative. And we love it.
Jagdish P Dave
I love Kimmerer's account, even though I feel sad in reading it and thinking about the loss of humanity in our high tech ways. There is a personal relationship between the human and the seed that is evident in the primitive ways and is lost and perhaps destroyed in high tech. The human and the seed can see each other in the primitive way, where the identification between them is more obvious. I see a deep synergy in the way people used to sit physically present to one another and talk in their personal lives and in business much more often years ago than in today's high tech society. What helps me continue 'Three Sisters planting' is my continuing to value and engage in face to face personal non technologigized non computerized interaction -- I'm an anachronism and enjoying it, proud of it, and I see people appreciating it. Holding onto humanity in high tech ways is a challenge that I pretty much ignore but younger people will face more and more. I remember Erich Fromm saying the challenge of the future is to not become robots.[Hide Full Comment]