The Tao Te Ching is a philosophical and often spiritual text of meditative verses. The Tao Te Ching is a book of ancient Chinese wisdom written sometime around 500 B.C.E. by the sage, Lao Tzu. The book has endured thousands of years because it has timeless understanding of life.
In this series, we are going to approach the Tao Te Ching from a farmer’s point of view. Let all of us– backyard farmers, market farmers, chicken raisers, and “wannabe” farmers alike– take on these poetic truths together.
Farming with the Tao
Those who consider their path superior are condesending.
A parrot who speaks of the totality of the self is absurd.
Many paths lead to the summit,
But it takes a whole body to get there.
I was actually quite inspired by this particular verse and decided to begin this new series with it. Many times I have voiced my opinion on the beekeeping gurus and all-knowing homesteaders of the world, so you should know by now that I do not tolerate such “parrots” well. No one has the right to condemn another’s methods and beliefs, even in farming. And yet we all see condesending behaviors within our community of dirt-lovers.
If we all have the same mountain summit as our goal, what does it matter how we get there. Some paths may be slower or have more obsticals, but this is the path we have chosen for ourselves and we should never let anyone, guru or parrot, force us to change paths to suit their own superiority. All that matters is that you keep on your path and know your destination.
Consider this, if you follow another up their chosen path instead of choosing your own, have you really made the journey yourself?
*Tao Te Ching traslations by Ming-Dao Deng. Unsightly opinions by Sarah.