Permaculture is big picture. Response by Eric Needle, Longbow.net
I’m not sure things are as cut and dry as you suggest Willi. Male vs. Female stereotypes don’t really do justice to the myriad competing demands and concerns we all face. Business as usual land management is driven more by a lack of a long term view–than by a macho angst that shouts, “damn the torpedoes.”
With corporate driven culture that can only see in three month increments, it takes big picture mindset to see the hurt… And imagine better ways to meet our needs and do less damage to the places we inhabit. It seems natural to me that the view of the farmer, who understands the planet’s life cycle, appreciates patience and sees the bad things we’ve done to mess up the balance, year after year after year.
I don’t see it as masculine, feminine, or even sacred vs. evil or atheistic or even common. It’s the blindness of our immediate needs that prevents us from making visionary choices. An architect would love to dream away the day with a million better, healthier, saner, ergonomic solutions, but no one gets paid for those. The client demands a fast, cheap box. It’s money not Mars vs. Venus.
So if the trouble is were never given the grace to think things through, then its rehab, after market improvements where we might see change. Until we place a greater value on the community that is sustainable vs. the ugly concrete jungle and inefficient structure and wasted resources, we’ll never evolve.
To call it sacred to care about tomorrow is true and right. To waste is not divine. But at what point does the world ever wake up and start place long term, future goals ahead of the cheapest, quickest possible, immediate solution. The instant gratification gene within us all can only be tamed when we see our world and its future as sacred. And our holy mission to care.
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