One of our neighbours in Auckland is a Korean Buddhist temple. The two female monks working there speaks little english. I speak no Korean. We communicate through food.
Mother trees colonize their kin with bigger mycorrhizal networks. They send them more carbon below ground. They even reduce their own root competition to make elbow room for their kids. When Mother Trees are injured or dying, they also send messages of wisdom on to the next generation of seedlings.
Like a bird that has escaped from a snare. It won’t itself be caught again. A Maori saying applied to a man who had escaped from general slaughter in a war situation. Today this saying could well be used for someone who resists being trapped by the snare of consumerism.
Untouched by the city's bustle and the traffic's heavy noise,
On a hill in the middle of the noise are the strangest joys.
Silence, missing from our life, exaggerates today's demands,
Here, where mother nature opens her house for rich and poor.
Only by twisting spiritually upwards, humanity will reconnect with nature, thereby releasing a healing burst towards ecological balance.
Not all that can be counted, should be counted. Or counted in the way that you are familiar with.
When it comes to complex issues like climate change, using simple numbers distracts us from the complexity. The moral obligation of humanity to take care of our most precious resource, our ancestral home, our planet, the mother that gave us life, cannot be measured.
Parkia speciosa (petai), is a large tree plant in the family Fabaceae native to Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, peninsular Thailand and the Philippines (Palawan). The Petai tree bears long, flat edible beans with bright green seeds which have a rather peculiar pungent smell.
Far from your innocent sweet green peas, Petai beans reveals their presence, power and pungency. These beans will leave their odor inside your mouth and body for days, similar to asparagus.
“Naomi Klein argues that the successful social movements were won not on economic grounds, but on moral ones: “... we will not win the battle for a stable climate by trying to beat the bean counters at their own game…. We will win by asserting that such calculations are morally monstrous, they imply there is an acceptable price for allowing entire countries to disappear, for leaving untold millions to die on harsh land, for depriving today’s children of their right to live in a world teeming with the wonders and beauty of creation.”
— Naomi Klein, author of "“This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate."
The Petai Beans in this work are kindly donated by National Parks Boards (Nparks) and harvested in Singapore.
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Size: 252cm x 124cm
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