Being different

I come upon this sort of situation every year and every year it makes me laugh, sometimes a bit uncomfortably. Did you know that crop farmers often rotate their corn and soybean fields such that corn is grown in a particular field one year and then that field is planted to soybeans the following year? This is done because corn pests don’t usually like soybeans, and visa versa, and more importantly soybeans (as legumes) are able to augment nitrogen-depleted soil with this important nutrient. Because a few corn seeds will lay in a field planted to soybeans there are always one or two corn plants among the mature beans. Every time I see a single corn-stalk standing tall in a vast field of soybeans I think to myself that it is indeed OK to be different – even for plants. If it’s OK for plants to be different then surely it must be OK for me to be different. One of my favorite t-shirts shows a number of fish schooling in the same direction, save one; the words on the shirt read It’s OK to be different. As I made my way to town this morning I listened to a BBC interview with a Washington lawyer about the challenges of being a Sikh in post 9/11 America. The story was a follow-up to the recent shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. It was disturbing to hear just how often it is, in fact, not OK (and even dangerous) to be different in this country. It seems that some of us don’t have the power to distinguish and to differentiate – how unfortunate for all of us.

5 thoughts on “Being different

    1. Thanks very much. Although I’m not sure where it comes from … I feel pressure NOT to blog about serious issues. I guess I feel that, in general, other bloggers would rather read uplifting rather than introspective or analytical material. Still having trouble looking at the coverage announced by your recent post. I assume I’m looking for some extended text about you and farm life. Will try again in the morning. Hrumph. D

      1. Hrumph indeed, I haven’t been able to determine what’s up. No worries, it’s just a little fan-fare, but very nicely done and I definitely want to support Threshold Collaborative’s work. And I wholeheartedly agree about uplifting posts. I tend to feel a bit guilty when I “dump” on my readers. Even though I didn’t set out blogging to please others, so to speak, in the end, I am so grateful to my reading “public” that I truly don’t want to abuse them for their time to visit the farm. And it’s not my nature to be a downer, anyway. So I really understand where you’re standing. And am grateful for your work in keeping things positive. Nice work.

    1. Thanks much for reading and commenting. Blogging has turned out to be an interesting adventure for me. I believe, after a few short months, that I have figured out the key to success. I find that when I write something like this current post about being different I get few likes, comments, and views; most viewers don’t seem to like to read or to care about ideas. When, on the other hand, I post a nice picture – I get likes, comments, and views. I like pictures too … but sometimes ideas are more important. Perhaps I am caught in an inappropriate medium? Thanks for your support. D PS: Hay down, yield poor, should have fertilized – Joanna pumped for driving the baler today. Wish us luck.

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