[permaculture] Major histocompatibility complex

Nick Routledge fellowservant at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 21 12:36:50 EST 2003

I keep coming back to Fukuoka's remark that "The Great Way has no pests,
no disease. Only faults when seen in parts." Put another way, all
ecosystems, no matter how trashed, are fundamentally in balance, seeking
balance, tending toward Paradise. What we fall prey to, understandably, is
the tendency to regard recent trends in human interference in landscapes
and cultures as a negative phenomenon: "This is wot thingz iz, and this is
the way they've been headed for a long while." But all things are
fundamentally finding their ground, even if the sound and visuals strike
us, from time to time, as a cosmick obscenity. I'm not attempting to
excuse pathological monocultures or stand back with a fatalistic "It's all
maya, so don't worry, everything will be fine in the afterlife" rap (the
almost universal "religious" error of "the throwing of intensity forward"
as the poet Kabir, puts it) but rather suggesting that everybody from
garden poets to quantum physicists grok that imbalance is fundamentally a
manifestation of the collective search for wholeness, in whatever
superficial form it takes. Broaden the temporal perspective in particular
and thingz make much more sense. In other words, cultural pathologies hold
the seeds of their own inevitable destruction. Just because Nature's
Reckoning in her great and terrible glory ain't yet apparently spilled
over into the dark lives of the anonymous managers and generals among us,
doesn't mean it ain't happening or, indeed, that the observable trend may
not accelerate somewot suddenly, "annihilating all that's made To a green
Thought in a green Shade" as Marvell bifurcation-pointedly puts it.


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