The irresponsible use of GMOs (genetically modified/engineered organisms) is a symptom of a much larger societal problem, and that is the indiscriminate use of increasing violence to get what we want when we want it. We do violence to others and call it business. We do violence to ourselves and call it improvement. We applaud when men beat each other to a pulp then declare victory to the winner while the opponent lays bleeding on the mat.
We are seeing an increased use of police force almost every day, increased government force, increased restrictions on personal freedoms, oppressive legislation, and an increased attitude of “I could care less about anyone” in those around us. We walk around with cell phones stuck to our ears and don’t even talk to others. We are so absorbed in the moment that we cannot see anything around us. We want what we want when we want it.
And nature is not exempt. If she does not comply, then we declare war. We beat her, trick her, and otherwise bend her to our will. We use force. We use violence to get what we want. We cut and chop, splice and dice, and poison our way to the winner’s circle. This sort of violence is being done to our farmlands each and every day by those who choose to spray toxic poisons, alter our genetic structure through genetic engineering and destroy entire ecosystems and humanity in the process, and we all lay bleeding on the mat.
Stuck in a cycle of destruction played out in the cornfields and haystacks, in the labs and factories, and most importantly, in our homes and bodies, we find ourselves trapped in a culture of death thinking that there is no way out, just endless violence. We have a dysfunctional relationship with the very planet that sustains us, and there is no way to win this battle. If we destroy the planet, we destroy ourselves in the process. We commit suicide.
Nature has a voice, but we have to stop the madness and listen. To put aside any preconceived notions about agriculture that promote mono-culture, chemical burn-down, genetic engineering, and chemical pesticides, and begin working in unity with the planet instead of bending her to our will no matter the harm we do.
If we are good stewards, we use the least amount of force necessary for both nature and man to thrive. We exercise compassion and respect for all living things and end the cycle of abuse. We end the violence and start a real relationship. We start listening.
©2013 Barbara H. Peterson