Taking Care Before Caretaking
In September 1998 some friends and I taught a 3-day "Earthskills" class. It
was an introductory level class and there were about 15 students.
The last morning we spent about 3 hours on caretaking. One 20 year old
student said, "I understand wanting to make an area healthier, but dont you
think that mankind has messed with everything enough? Shouldnt we let Mother Nature
take her own course and bring her own balance to the area?"
This was a good question. My answer to him was that humans are a part
of natures cycle and we should be in partnership with her to restore and maintain
balance. We could help cut the recovery time of the imbalance by many years.
Even though I believe my answer is true, I also know that sometimes it
is better to leave some things for the Earth to take care of.
This young mans question is one that all caretakers must ask
themselves, the Creator, and the Earth before taking any action. Thought and calculation
should also come first, but we must not act alone. Taking care before caretaking will
produce the best results.