We learn about the nature of the universe from our experiences. What does a lifestyle of agriculture teach, compared to a lifestyle of hunting and gathering?
|Agriculture||Hunting and Gathering|
|I get by because of my hard work||The world generously provides me with my needs|
|There is only as much food as I grow||There is as much food as I need, just waiting to be found|
|Work hard today for results in the future||Play today; do tomorrow's work tomorrow|
|Nature is cruelly indifferent, destroying my food without reason or purpose||Nature is generous and kind, providing my food without asking anything in return|
|Food (and everything else) is finite||Food (and everything else) is infinite|
In conventional discussions of primitive living, our descriptions sound a lot like the first column: The life of uncivilized man was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short"; our pitiful ancestors had to struggle every day just to get by, "let's blast those fuckers back to the Stone Age". However, that's only because we take our precept ion of the universe and project it on to our perception of prehistoric life.
The good news for us isn't just that the second column is possible, but that the second column is true. The universe is inherently generous and kind, and we live in it as it is. Our only mistake is to believe that the first column is the truth.
We live in abundance.