The meanings of a garden
Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about a garden that is located within Kissena Corridor Park. The plot i chose is toward the back of the whole thing. There doesn't seem to be many people back there, it seems to be almost deserted like people gave up on it.
I think there is a lot of philosophy residing within the garden. A lot of deep thought that I could discuss here. As I was saying, my plot is very empty. I think the reason for that is that everybody can't be everywhere at the same time. You see, we seem to be needed in different places at every point in our life and it is impossible for everybody to take up all the space.
Let's take me for example. There are walls, one on each side of me and I can only go forward. There is only one narrow path that I can follow because the walls are so closed in that I can only move forward. This means that I don't have access to the rest of the earth or the rest of the space until my path leads me in to that unknown space. My plot is a symbol of space that has been used and that person has moved on.
Something else I noticed about my plot is the amount of excrement that the dirt coughs up. It's like the earth is almost human and is vomiting. There were rocks and twigs and artifacts and for a minute. I almost couldn't fathom how all of this was coming up, but then I realized that one of the earth's main attributes is recycling. It's beautiful to think about. Here we are living in this crazy cycle called life and there are cycles going on everywhere else. This brings me to another point. I think that the circle is a symbol of hope, and my plot is like a circle. Let me elucidate.
The circle goes around and around and never stops. Just when you think you've lost all hope, just when you think there's nothing left, life takes a winding turn and you find your self refurbished or replenished. My plot is a paragon of this because it would seem from the distance as if there is nothing there. It seems as though people could easily give up on it, but then you have all of this stuff popping out of the ground and the world is breeding again.
I was recently watching a TED talk with Ann Cooper. She is in charge of school lunch in Berkleley, California, and she was discussing how obesity is a very big problem in this country amongst children because we are not feeding them the right food. They simply do not know how to eat so we have to teach them. I totally disagree with this statement. Try to understand something. You cannot teach a kid how to eat healthy. You can help them eat healthy, but you cannot teach them. That is something they already know how to do. You're basically saying you want to teach them how to eat. That doesnt make any sense.
Ann Cooper also said: "The USDA allows these antibiotic, these hormones into our food supply." The thing about this is that I'm wondering what would happen if all these pesticides and hormones were removed. Would the food still taste the same? Now you have a debate on what's more important. How well the food is liked and how the food taste or how the food is prepared and how healthy it is. This could easily be discussed and in my interest in medicine and health and I am definitely on the second side.
Another part of her TED talk that i found interesting was when she was talking about how kids will start dying before their parents. Even though I was concerned about this, I did not find this most shocking because it makes a lot of sense if you think about it. The body runs on a lot of hormones and natural chemicals, and when you eat garbage, you naturally feel like garbage. This will impede your natural rhythm. If you slow down, you can't move faster at the same time. It's either one or the other.