Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the lovely Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity. Today’s podcast and blog post talks about the interconnectedness of everything and how it can be humbling and really get you thinking about how everyone has their own part to play. No one person or job is better than another, each has an important part to play in your life. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…
This year, we were again being asked to stay on the Island due to COVID being high again. A fourth wave they say. So, I was thinking of thankfulness in general and how there are so many things that were interconnected and we don’t appreciate half of the interconnectedness of life and of the world in general. This may be half the problem when it comes to lacking in respect. I thought about how we often don’t think of how things have been connected in ways that we don’t even understand. I was thinking of how everyone was important to the process and we forget just how many people can be affected by one thing. I started to think about how could I show it more simply. That’s when I thought it would be a good time to make some of those connections of nature and the world in general with our everyday life and where best to start it. It was all so simple and yet so complicated and so perfect. Then it came to me. The place that starts everything and is connected to everything. How everything is brought together through one thing…
In this age of COVID, vaccination/anti-vax, lockdowns/protests etc., you might be wondering what there is to be thankful for. If you are looking for someone to be thankful for this year, try strangers that you may never meet, but to whom you owe a debt of gratitude. Who could this be you say? There are lots of people who fit in this category, some may be family or friends, but generally there are a lot of people included in this category and some might surprise you. Often we seem to forget that the food that you put on the table for Thanksgiving and other holidays and every day have to come from somewhere. So, let’s look at this in a little more detail. The first amongst these people are the farmers that work day after day getting the crops planted, cared for and harvested and keep their land fertile. They may have helpers on the farm. They are part of this huge interconnected movement that is involved in getting your food from the beginning and to your table. There are a variety of people on the farm and depending on the size of the farm may be the farmer and their family. There are the people who muck the stables…you don’t think the cows, chickens, pigs and other animals clean their own place? They keep the stables clean so that you have clean produce (eggs, milk, etc.). Of course someone also has to clean the product and milk the cows, etc. Then there are the people helping with the harvesting. From there, there are the processors…chickens don’t get ready for the table by themselves and nor does the rest of your food. Root vegetables need cleaning, cleanliness is imperative because we all have heard of disease and food recalls. Of course, after that there are the truckers, the grocery stores, the processors in the grocery stores, the clerks and in later stages waste management just to name a few.
As you can see, there is a large group of people involved so that you can have your thanksgiving meal…in fact all your meals and it starts with someone somewhere having a farm and doing all they can to make it work. It is tireless work and often thankless. People don’t seem to consider all the people who are part of the farming endeavours. Then there is equipment that they have to have to run the farm. This helps another group (equipment Salespeople). Then there are also the veterinarians who work with the famer to make sure that they have healthy animals. There are so many people that are involved. I likely have missed some people (my apologies to them as the list is pretty endless). When you look at the sheer numbers of people who are needed and employed and the development of studies for farming that teach different techniques and such it is astounding. One area people often miss thinking about is that farmers also support educational institutions. They study the way to keep their crops at their best. They watch weather and wind. They learn all they can about keeping the best crops, how to make the most of the farm. Education takes every form from College, University to self-education on their area of work.
Of course, general public buy their products. So, as you can see there is an interconnectedness that winds its way across every type of occupation and lifestyle which all starts with someone who decides to do farming for their life and this is just one example, the most salient and the easiest to point out. It is impossible to not have your life affected by a farmer and their farm. No one is exempt from eating. Everyone from actor, author and rock star to zookeeper needs to eat. Therefore no one is unaffected by farmers. Isn’t it interesting that you can trace back to the origins something that seems so humble and yet is imperative to society and to human life. When you think of this, you realize how everyone is interconnected and each person and each job is important for their part in a delicate eco-system that is human life. Those directly in the farming industry also need clothing, safety devices, communications, etc. So, all industries are affected. There isn’t an industry that is not either directly or indirectly affected by farms.
Of course the same goes of things like the seafood industry. You have fishermen that go out and catch the seafood, it gets processed and trucked out, put on shelves or in seafood cases. Again, they are all people that some might be your friends or family, yet again, you might never meet anyone who does this. It is still how you get your food on the table and it still affects all different industries in ways that people often do not think of. Everything from wedding receptions to breakfast has someone getting your food ready for you. You can grow some of your own, but generally, someone somewhere is working to make sure you can live.
So, if you are looking for something to be thankful for I can suggest you can start with the farmer somewhere who is doing all the work on their farms so you can have a variety of foods on your table. There are the people involved in the fisheries so you can have seafood. Choose any from the long list of interconnected jobs. We are all interconnected. It is humbling to think of all the ways that humans are interconnected. You can’t separate yourself from the interconnectedness of human lifecycles. You are part of the bigger picture. Each and every person has their part in it. Each job is important and if nothing else, that humbling thought can help you to see that no one is more important than another except that society creates these distinctions. We are all part of this ever moving, ever active human life cycle. It is art at its finest that we can see the beauty of all the parts of society and that we are all the same under the skin. Having respect for all parts of society is what is necessary for all of us to move forward.
According to Bryant H. McGill, “There is a deep interconnectedness of all life on earth, from the tiniest organisms, to the largest ecosystems, and absolutely between each person.” So, whether you are vegan or vegetarian or carnivore, the farmer, fisheries and the whole system of growing and food from farm and water to the table are all interconnected. We cannot separate one from the other or dismiss the utility of any one sector over another. This is the world that I see around me. I hope this will be the world that you find around you too.
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