Wednesday, April 9, 2014
April 9, 2014 - Food is Free
All year long the industrious little ant works, building his home and stashing away the food he finds. And the bee. The bee gathers the sweet nectar from the flowers. She builds her home and stashes her honey. And the birds. They make their nests and find their worms and bugs to eat, and when the weather becomes too cold, they fly away to the warmth and continue on. The bear eats heartily from the woods and streams, and then he sleeps for a very long time in his den. The deer finds ample vegetation in the summer and fattens up, but even in the winter she finds bits here and there. Everywhere you look, the world eats the world. The creatures dance in perfect harmony, now eating, now being eaten. Here in my front yard as the tide goes out, dinner always waits: snails, clams, mussels, crabs, lobsters, etc. The tide brings them in, and the tide brings them out. Everywhere, there is food.
How odd, then, that humans believe they must toil endlessly for someone else who will give them paper, which they then exchange for meager amounts of food and sometimes nonfood, when all around them there is food. The toiling should be in the gathering, yes. It is a matter of changing one's perception.
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I am a freelance writer living in Maine, and I am the owner and author of the In Pursuit of Maine blog. I specialize in creative writing but also write historical articles as well as how to, gardening, cooking, practical articles, etc. My passion is outdoor living, farming, and gardening, but I write in many genres.