–by Masanobu Fukuoka (Aug 11, 2016)
When I mention that human society is on the wrong path, I often hear the retort, “Then show me a better one.” Because it does not have a name yet, I will refer to it as “natural culture and community.” Natural culture is simply a way of life in which people enjoy the truth and beauty of nature, a life in which people, with freedom in their hearts, climb mountains, play in meadows, bathe in the warm rays of sunlight, breathe pure air, drink crystalline water, and experience the true joy of life. The society I am describing is one in which people will create a free and generous community.
Once the primal source of nature is destroyed, however, it will no longer be able to restore itself, and this image of natural culture will become obsolete. Indeed, many species of plants and animals become extinct each day, and the meaning of the disappearance of one bird or one plant is not just the death of that bird or that plant. It is of grave significance to us all. It is connected with the destruction of the harmony of all living things.
If humanity can regain its original kinship with nature, we should be able to live in peace and abundance. Seen through the eyes of modern civilization, however, this life of natural culture must appear to be monotonous and primitive, but not to me.
There are many other people besides me who question the path of modern society. They are filled with foreboding, wondering whether or not we can solve, or somehow evade, the current environmental crisis. There are even many scientists who believe that the long-term sustainability of life on Earth, from the standpoint of the natural environment and its resources, will be decided in the next twenty or thirty years. It is these people to whom I speak directly.
We must realize that both in the past and today, there is only one “sustainable” course available to us. We must find our way back to true nature. We must set ourselves to the task of revitalizing the earth. Regreening the earth, sowing seeds in the desert—that is the path society must follow. My travels around the world have convinced me of that. […]
Gradually I came to realize that the process of saving the desert of the human heart and revegetating the actual desert is actually the same thing.
–Masanobu Fukuoka in Sowing Seeds in the Desert — Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security. Translated into English by Larry Korn in 2012 [Illustration offered as an anonymous gift :-)]