A Moral Defense of Gardening | Mailbox


“Gardening as a Moral Conundrum” by Lauri Rose is a highly amusing and entertaining way to regard gardening, loved by so several of us, as several acts of murder (Nov. 11). But the posting may perhaps be troubling to some people today who may consider it significantly since they have neither the time nor inclination to entirely ponder what gardening will involve. I submit the following as an antidote.

We individuals have to obtain foods, but we are not obligated to do so by acts of violence, as are other animals who are not endowed with higher intelligence. If we are to abide within our bigger consciousness, we require not, and will have to not, make it possible for ourselves to harbor murderous thoughts toward other creatures. We can opt for to take in crops alternatively of other animals. We may also pick to use Hav-a-Hart traps so as to peacefully relocate furry creatures that would interfere with our gardening plans. We may well also create lifted beds to keep away from that challenge completely. As for the other creatures — the weeds, birds, bugs, worms, germs, and many others. — they will normally adjust to disruptions we must lead to in their lives, presented we keep away from utilizing murderous chemical substances. The two the animal and plant kingdoms the natural way reproduce in wasteful abundance, making overgrowth except if constrained by other organic forces. Our need to have for food and to create elegance may perhaps be aspect of that constraint if we manage our possess quantities. 

The notion of gardening as a form of idyllic exercise springs from and demonstrates our bigger selves, but only when approached with the acutely aware intent to generate when averting violence and hurt. When approached this way, gardening does in fact let us satisfy our requires although experience in harmony with character. I submit that gardening may possibly be an act of elegant generation alternatively than a moral conundrum. It really is just a matter of attitude and intent.

Irene Van Natter, Kneeland

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