Something a friend said today made me think about the importance of planting seeds. Not just the seeds that provide beautiful flowers and the food that we eat…but seeds that impact life.
Sometimes seeds were planted long ago…and have very long roots. They have sunk deeply enough into our DNA that they are difficult to eradicate. We have to want to eradicate them in order to do the hard work necessary…and sometimes it just seems easier to leave them alone.
But when we do, that only makes them stronger.
We may stomp them down for a while…but if we have not pulled them by the roots, they will come back up. We are seeing that in our society currently in the United States…the seeds that slavery planted have very long roots. We have tried to ignore them…tried to just stomp them down…but until we are willing to acknowledge the racism that has grown from slavery, the impact of those seeds will continue.
Yet there are other seeds that have been planted more recently and are just beginning to take root…seeds planted by people such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malala, and–just now–Greta Thunberg.
We want those seeds to sprout quickly…but they need time to grow. If they grow too quickly, they will not have the strength they need to survive–and to crowd out the things that divide us.
Sometimes we wonder if they will survive or if the plants from the angrier, more negative seeds will be the winners…Darwin’s survival of the fittest in action.
But I believe that eventually the lives grown from seeds of love and care for the planet and each other will survive. Maybe that makes me a cockeyed optimist…but I’d rather live in hope than despair.