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Of Yard Gnomes and Peonies

I went for my walk today and as I was returning, I noticed the yard gnomes were mowing the yard where I rent an apartment.

The yard gnomes, as I call them, are men who work for a commercial mowing company that come out to inflict whatever damage they can in the least amount of time and then goes on their merry away to do the same somewhere else. They have no interest in the property other than what money it can make them and how long it takes to do the work they’ve been hired to do. The shorter amount of time, the higher the profits, and apparently profits take precedence over generations old plantings.

I stopped the man on his wide decked commercial mower and talked with him about the peonies he mowed over last year and weakened. This year the poor plants came back and just barely had a chance to bloom when he mowed over them again. He did the same thing to the hastas along the foundation last year and I suspect he will do it again.

When I asked the man why he felt it was okay to mow them over, he stated, “It was time for them to go.”

I stared at him a moment and said, “Those plants were planted by the original owners. They’ve been here for generations. Why do you get to make that decision?”

His response. “I’ve been mowing here for twenty years. If you have a problem with it take it up with the landlord.”

He revved the motor on his mower and left me, but I could feel the adrenaline coming off of him. I had challenged his authority, his belief that he had the final say and he didn’t like it.

I like to look at why people do things and sometimes you have to go back a few years to figure out the cause. In this case, I’ve gone back to the creation of modern Christianity.

Modern western religions are called Abrahamic religions because they adhere to the teachings of Abraham from some fifteen hundred years ago. The holy papers that were the basis for the King James version of the Bible are also the holy papers used for the Islamic Koran and the Jewish Tanakh.

Genisis 1:26 of the KJV says:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Now lets look at the word dominion.

do·min·ion
dəˈminyən
noun
1. 1. sovereignty; control.
“man’s attempt to establish dominion over nature”

synonyms:
supremacy, ascendancy, dominance, domination, superiority, predominance, preeminence, hegemony, authority, mastery, control,command, power, sway, rule, government, jurisdiction, sovereignty,suzerainty

Humans have been on this rock for six or seven million years. Ancient religious beliefs didn’t demand domination over the earth. Those beliefs taught the followers to live in harmony with it. They understood the futility of trying to dominate something so much bigger than they were.

But Modern Man does not, because imposing our will on nature makes someone somewhere money. Never mind that it’s futile. It’s profitable, so it must be okay.

Think about it. The earth has been around for billions of years. Humans have been here for six or seven million. That’s a drop in the ocean compared to the age of the Earth. Modern western religion by comparison doesn’t even qualify as an atom in that ocean and yet men believe they can dominate it.

In truth, we have no idea what happened before our current written histories. There are millions of years unaccounted for.

Man may have risen before, to a level similar or surpassing ours.

This passage supports my argument.

Genesis 1:28.

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

You don’t replenish something that has never been full. It had to have been emptied first.

We have control over the Earth according to these teachings. But do we need to be despots?

Kind and supportive rulers have fewer problems. The changes in weather that are big news now, indicate the Earth Mother is displeased and she is likely to smack us down like the selfish children we are.

And to think. This whole thought process started because I didn’t like the mowers cutting down some peonies.