When I tore ligaments in my ankle years ago my doctor sent me to physical therapy. I did the appropriate stretching exercises, was gentle with my ankle and hobbled around for a while until it got better.
It never occurred to me to get myself injected with anything to speed the healing. Some things just take time.
So, it would naturally follow – for me – that I don’t want the food I eat to be injected with grow-faster technology either.
And yet each and every day we do eat food that has been injected and modified and this became a common practice before we had a chance to question it.
And so it carries over to our care of ourselves. Looking for quick fixes.
“Inject me with something so I don’t have to deal with this please,” seems to be a common – almost rallying – cry.
What this will do to people’s immune systems can only be known in the context of time. Much like the way our food system has been invaded by “mad scientists.” We just won’t know the big picture for a while.
How ironic that the full effects of our impatience will take time to fully comprehend.
I think it comes down to misplacing our innate understanding that one of the pillars of nature is time.
Who has time these days though to remember these things? …. Uh… Huh?
We’re always in such a rush. We as a People have grown impatient with allowing things to grow, to evolve. And I think this has affected our ability to nurture ourselves, one another and the planet.
I think instead of striving to make things work faster than nature intended we would do well to look to appreciating how much we have. There is much to relearn.
People are making some progress back towards natural living. In my area, and many others around the world, residents are returning in droves to farms and farmers markets. They are demanding (with their buying habits) that stores carry organic and local products.
And, yet, how much do people really understand? How tuned in are they to how nature really functions?
I contend that we really need to be reminded of so much more than directions to locations that sell local, organic food.
I hope that people take some time to ask questions of their farmers about their food. So they can regain understanding.
And take some time to play outside with their children. So children will see how much fun it is outside and how beautiful it is… and connect, so the legacy of the natural world continues.
And engage in outdoor activities themselves. So they can be reminded repeatedly until it is, er, second nature once again to be in tune with the force that works within us all.
Nature will be happy to remind you.