By William Markiewicz
Perhaps I've written about this topic and I don't want to repeat myself, but I feel overwhelmed at the prospect of browsing in Vagabond's jungle – perhaps it’s time to stop? Muses, help inspire me to continue this page, to which - after all - I‘ve become attached.
At first sight, Darwinism seems completely opposed to the Divine benign justice in which virtue, not strength, is rewarded. But maybe THIS is justice! "Hell is not the punishment but the training." I don't remember who wrote this phrase. Hell may be training if there is a way to return. The religious Hell is a place of no-return. But most of the hells in daily life offer a possibility to retrocede; the sick return, or not, to health, the rabbit escapes, or not, from the fox. Evolution offers the power to resist. From my experience, plants and animals become stronger through adversity. An excess of cold, heat, drought, humidity create species perhaps less spectacular in looks but strong and good for themselves and for those who consume them. Wine from the grapes in non-hospitable and non-manipulated conditions in old Spain was better and richer. From the Spanish peasant’s small fields, we got fruits and vegetables, smaller, less abundant but infinitely better in taste and vitamins than those submitted to irrigation and fertilizers. In old Eastern Europe, fruits and vegetables grown in natural difficult conditions were smaller, not beautiful, but rich in taste and values for the health that are unknown today. The struggle for adaptation to different but not extremely different conditions can create a new show of power. British Maples, accustomed to cold, poor solar conditions and rains, grow to imposing stature in drier and warmer Switzerland.
There are many examples where more or less degenerate plants in plantations and animals in husbandries scream a silent scream to humans: "Let us live a normal life!" Only Global Villages could offer a solution. The Global Village is not based on domination. Domination is through military power and money. The Global Village offers cooperation without competition; the Indians of North America offered an "exchange of gifts" rather than competition by selling cheaper or better. Modern civilization permits a return to this philosophy through our accessible needs and means.
There was a French wine expert who went to visit wine producers in North America. During a pleasant conversation he asked the owner, “Why don't you produce good wine?" The owner answered in French with a French proverb: "I don't want to fart in my suspenders. People buy what I offer and that's good enough for me." A beautiful example of global economy based on huge competitions. Local people are submitted to local judgment and this is the best assurance of quality. But in this global economy submitted to production and competition, genetic engineering, fertilizers and humidity manipulation the task is rendered impossible. The majority of populations don't know the taste and virtues of "true" fruits, vegetables and animal products. The naturalists try to come back to the natural Darwinist virtues to help us escape from publicity and the slavery of mass production. Is it too late?Back to the index of the Vagabond