“I cannot recall a single instance during my childhood or early boyhood when our entire family sat down to the table together, and God's blessing was asked, and the family ate a meal in a civilized manner. On the plantation in Virginia, and even later, meals were gotten to the children very much as dumb animals get theirs. It was a piece of bread here and a scrap of meat there. It was a cup of milk at one time and some potatoes at another.” Booker T. Washington
a few days ago, I put up some of my favorite inventors when I heard a young mind mention that Tesla is the guy who makes electric cars. I wanted to add Booker t. Washington to the list as well, but I am not sure to classify him as in inventor/innovator or a process engineer? when we were starting out with agrowbox and now the agrowspace, there is the link with orphans that they need to do a bit of actual physical work and brain work. the work that Washington and George Washington Carver did with the Tuskegee Institute is something we studied. with that solution, I can still hear an elderly capuchin monk saying, “this agrowbox idea is going to upset a lot of people?”
“I don’t understand, we are teaching people to grow their own nutritious food, have food security, and the potential to move it in wars and natural disasters?”
there was a pause, and then I can still hear his voice, back up with a lifetime of feeding the hungry/poor/downtrodden said, “you don’t really think everyone wants people to be able to do that do you?”
my naivety after traveling the world, or is it optimism that people want a better world had blinders on my eyes – even though I had been around the planet and seen the various power/control grabs at the political, business and NGO levels.
I guess as I type that, all I can think of is “there is enough for everyone on the planet, the question is how did humanity design such a skewed and biased distribution system?”
tis funny…a part of me thinks about taking all this technology to have a western comfort level life, off the grid, anywhere on the planet and just using it for myself. then there is something inside my heart that says, “you didn't really think this simple idea would be easy, did you? keep going and get it to some folks and give them the choice to use it to help themselves.”
some days, you honestly have to ask yourself and fight off the doubts about how something that is good can break through all the stuff the world that really isn’t altruistic, but likes to hide behind the cover of an image of it. and give change – no matter what the race/creed/color/view/beliefs.
hopefully, I will never lose a childlike heart with believing we can make a better planet for us all to live on.
thus, when reading the quote from Booker t Washington, and his childhood. I have watched and witnessed this in parts of the planet where there isn’t living, rather survival and/or a social/caste/class system in place that has someone who grew up in freedom shake their head in disbelief. on one hand, you realize how fortunate and blessed you have been to grow up in the life you had, and yet, on the other hand, you want to see if you can provide a path where people no longer have to simply survive, and they can live. I would like to think that was part of booker t. Washington’s bigger picture and the irony that the working title for agrowspace was called, “the kitchen” as it is the one room in most homes where love is dispensed while all the elements of the meal come together and simmer in a pot. maybe that is why I love to cook and feed others good food?
have a great day and excuse my ramblings. a part of me wants to rewrite and edit a lot of the fluff, junk, and brain rambles in these posts…but that is not what the design of it was for or about. it was me writing to myself and maybe someone else might enjoy it; and god willing, understand it, sans editing.