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Masanobu Fukuoka from "The One-Straw Revolution"

…humanity is ignorant, that there is nothing to strive for, and that whatever is done is wasted effort… There is no one so great as the one who does not try to accomplish anything.

To the extent that people separate themselves from nature, they spin out further and further from the center. At the same time, a centripetal effect asserts itself and the desire to return to nature arises. But if people merely become caught up in reacting, moving to the left or to the right, depending on conditions, the result is only more activity. The non-moving point of origin, which lies outside the realm of relativity, is passed over, unnoticed. I believe that even „returning-to-nature” and anti-pollution activities, no matter how commendable, are not moving toward a genuine solution if they are carried out solely in reaction to the overdevelopment of the present age.
Masanobu Fukuoka from „The One-Straw Revolution”

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Masanobu Fukuoka from "The One-Straw Revolution"

Gazing vacantly, it is not unnatural to see the water as flowing from above to below, but there is no inconsistency in seeing the water as standing still and the bridge as flowing by.

I have a different sense of time. I hope, as the days go by, that I will be able to experience a day as a year.

When I go to the fields or the orchard I say to myself: make no promises, forget about yesterday, do not think about tomorrow, put sincere effort into each day’s work and leave no footprints here on earth. I am happy simply to work joyfully on my farm, which to me is the Garden of Eden.

Masanobu Fukuoka from „The One-Straw Revolution”