Much of this blog has centered upon the goal of self-sufficiency, but little do we realize that such goals come with their own baggage. No matter what the goal we have, it will pale in comparison to the idea of that goal. This is simply a reality rather than a judgement. The idea is so opaque, so brittle in its nature; easily breakable but it is the only solid ground we have to stand upon if we are to succeed.
If to simplify we must complicate, then to achieve a goal we must have an idea of that goal . Perhaps the most important act (it does come down to action) is to move forward while remembering the past; to complicate in order to simplify. But again, remembering the past complicates the very simplicity that we desire. It does sound so encumbered, so esoteric. How can self-sufficiency be so complicated? It is because that while life is simple, to act is complicated.
We must all light upon a surface and look around; we must all settle in the security of knowing that the life that we lead is not only up to us, but up to our realizing that there is no ideal. We must acknowledge the silent moments and learn from them what we can; they are so few and far between.
So, as I feed the animals I must take the time to consider them. When I work in the garden, I must look for those moments between the weeds that give me happiness. When I work a piece of wood, I must follow the history of the grains of the tree that it is made of. When I look up, I must realize that in the end we are self-sufficient like it or not; realize it or not. The silence of space reminds me of that, and the act becomes complicated.