Tabula Rasa


| 6/8/2012 8:18:49 PM


Tags: Tabula rasa, empty country, living with the land, Diane Donovan,

A photo of Diane‘Tabula rasa’ means ‘blank slate’. It’s commonly used to describe what the Europeans thought they found when they came to America …i.e. “nothing”. Which translates to:  anything outside of what they were familiar with in Europe simply didn’t exist.

Same goes for the changed perceptions of moving from city to country.

Think on it.

In the City there are: sirens, concrete, buildings. Amongst other things.

In the country there is: silence, grass, green stuff. Plus assorted animals.

It’s only when you live with your environment a bit more that you discover there IS no such thing as ‘tabula rasa’. In our case, our initial (urban) perception of ‘silence’ eventually translated to a variety of subtler sounds: mooing (cows), chittering and humming(birds), crowing (roosters), etc.

nebraska dave
6/12/2012 1:56:20 PM

Diane, their definitely is a big difference in the plants of the city and country. Morning Glory is a vining plant that some folks duly love but for me it was a noxious weed that plugged the cultivator when tilling corn. Nettle weeds are used to make tea in some cultures but for me a dead one is a good one. I could go on with dock, thistle, cocklebur, etc. By definition a weed is anything that grows where you don't want it to grow. So corn in the bean patch would be a weed. It's funny how one person's weed is anothers dinner. I'm learning to stay more in harmony with nature when gardening. There might not be as much harvest but the balance of nature can in the long run be beneficial. Have a great homestead day.





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