Sunday Scribblings … #145 Organic …
January 10, 2009 § 6 Comments
If you read an old definition of ‘organic’ it seems to have very little to do with how we use the word today. What is your take on ‘organic?’
ORGANIC THEN …
The Whole Earth Catalog, the first one with its black cover and a picture of the planet earth on it.
The muslim tops I used to wear
A friend’s house she built herself. It was one room. She had a woodstove and a huuuuge bunk. She had windowsand raw wood shelves. She peed outdoors. She got up early, season regardless, and made tea and had bread which she baked (yuck, it was awful) and then she walked to work from the top of the mountain to the bakery at the bottom.
Tea. Bags and boxes of tea. All kinds. We took time to brew it and discuss philosophy and where we would travel next as we sat there, feet up on the old coffee table and the cups in our hands, warming them.
A food store in Cooperstown. It was a co-op. Half the stuff didn’t seem to apply to our lifestyle but we liked the way it smelled and we bought whole wheat flour there. Whole wheat flour wasn’t going to be in the typical grocery stores for another five years.
Peanut butter. So stiff you could barely spread it. It tasted real.
Even music was organic: Taj Mahal, Earl and Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Buffy Ste Marie, John Mayall, Jethro Tull …
ORGANIC NOW …
Snarl’s wallet ( made of comic book paper – it’s literally a piece of art)
My sea glass earrings
Our kitchen, recently redecorated using low VOC paint, it has mostly organic food stuffed into the fridge and pantry
Our dogs’ lifestyle.
Furniture, flooring, bedding and clothing. There’s an organic umbrella covering many things and yeah, it gets mixed in with “green” and “natural” and it’s all good.
Christmas trees and handmade wreaths.
Cleaning solutions, like Method (TM) products.
The garden ( the soil, the no-pesticide evolution).
Organic. It used to be a word that took the listener down a different path.
Now it’s easily internalized and understood to the point where it has lost, perhaps, its inherent meaning.
Taking organic at its “natural living” definition, it also applies to print and media and …. blogs.
Blogs are organic by their very nature – straight from mouth/brain to paper/keyboard – no editor, no proof reader. Organic writing, like organic anything, implies a great deal of responsibility and care regarding the final product.
Organic? Hmmm.. now there’s something old that’s new.