Sunday, February 05, 2012

You can buy it...but
Can you own it?

   There are some cultures (I believe Native Americans is/was among them) that do not believe in an individual owning land since it belongs to us all. "We are all related" is an expression that includes all living things. (It is not unusual in some cultures for one to refer to brother crow).
   Our neighbor tells us that her family used to own a large farm which was sold, divided up and is now the lots on which many of the nearby homes exist. We each "own" the land...or, do we? It pretty much rains when it rains, it doesn't ask for our permission. If left alone, the grass (lawns) grow when it rains and turn brown when it doesn't. With the next rain it starts growing again...whether or not we tend to it (true, weeds may pop up; but they, too, are on their own.

   Coyotes, fox and other animals wander through our yard at various intervals, and none have ever asked permission. Only fences cause them to change their routes. Seems they are more at one with Mother Nature than are humans. The land is indifferent to who walks, plants or sits on it.
   I suspect the water feels the same about us.

Paddle safe...


Leonardo Esch said...

I agree! Nice post!!! Thanks!

Silbs said...

Thank you!

DaveO said...

Ah, the land ethic issue. I have mixed emotions, especially at tax time, about my little parcel up in Bayfield Co., but, like my fellow Wisconsonite Mr. A. Leopold, I think the land is better for my stewardship. On the other hand we've had neighbors that have clearcut their acreage. This however, is something that occurs daily on land in the public trust, courtesy of US Forest Service timber practices. A subject for debate for sure.