“Extravagance of desire is the fundamental cause which has led the world into its present predicament.  Fast rather than slow, more rather than less- this flashy “development” is linked directly to society’s impeding collapse.  It has only served to separate man from nature.  Humanity must stop indulging the desire for material possessions and personal gain and move instead toward spiritual awareness.  Agriculture must change from large mechanical operations to small farms attached only to life itself.  Material life and diet should be given a simple place.  If this is done, work becomes pleasant and spiritual breathing space becomes plentiful.  The more the farmer increases the scale of his operation, the more his body and spirit are dissipate and the further he falls away from a spiritually satisfying life.  A life of small-scale farming may appear to be primitive, but in living such a life, it becomes possible to contemplate the great way.  I believe that if one fathoms deeply one’s own neighborhood and the everyday world in which he lives, the greatest of worlds will be revealed…’Whether autumn will bring wind or rain, I cannot know, but today I will be working in the fields.’  Those are the words of an old country song.  They express the truth of farming as a way of life.  No matter how the harvest will turn out, whether or not there will be enough food to eat, in simply sowing seed and caring tenderly for plants under nature’s guidance there is joy.”

~Masanobu Fokuoka, The One-Straw Revolution


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