[permaculture] Re: permaculture Digest, Vol 20, Issue 28

Scott Pittman pci at permaculture-inst.org
Thu Sep 16 10:00:22 EDT 2004

To those pugnatious ones who are so resentful and selfrighteous (adj: 
convinced of one's on righteousness esp. in contrast to the actions and 
beliefs of others; narrowly moralistic and intolerant)
about other's way of doing pc.  What is so threatening to you folks that 
you have to enter diatribe paroxyms in order to make your position 
clear.  It feels like we have had a sudden invasion of Limbaugh's ditto 

If you have questions about pc then ask them.  Many have of this list 
and I have never seen anyone go away without several considered answers, 
from people who are drawing from experience rather than rhetoric. 

It is too bad that those of us that teach are such a threat to you and 
you philosophy of  lack and needfulness.  You shouldn't be wasting your 
time trying to convert the ones you distain so much, but rather join the 
"good" people and wait for the jubilee.

If I were more charitable I could apply the following to your group.

Subject: FW: The waterbearer
 >A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a
 >pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in
 >it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of
 >water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the
 >cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on
 >with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his
 >Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect
 >for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own
 >imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of
 >what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a
 >bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.
 >"I am ashamed of myself . This crack in my side causes water to leak 
out all
 >the way
 >back to your house."
 >The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there are
 >flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?
 >That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower
 >seeds on
 >your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you've watered
 >them. For two
 >years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the
 >Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to
 >the house!"
 >Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.
 >But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together
 >so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for
 >what they are, and look for the good in them.
 My better thoughts on crackpots!!

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