most important thing I've forgotten is to take photos. Not by far the Only thing of course as I left the chickens water outside over night which is only non vital because we have running hot water, and that deals with frozen water right quick. I'm not sure if it's the time of year and the changed light that's made me a bit less attentive than I should be, or simply the stress level from non homesteading things. For yesterday I can actually blame creaming the back of my head on a pallet shelf at work so hard I saw double for part of the day Tuesday, this morning was just me screwing up. But, since I don't have new photos to talk about, I'm just going to talk about my thoughts and some consideration I've been giving lately. Oh, and include some of the better photos from the past of the blog. Sorry about the slightly rambling nature of the post below, but if you have the time to read I'd love to hear responses.
For those of you that don't know, I'm a nerd of many stripes. One of the big stripes of nerd I am is science fiction. Actually, it's due to our shared love of science fiction that the Lady of the House and I met at the UMass Science Fiction Society. I can say most of my friends are connections that share love of SciFi and Fantasy. So I'd say SciFi has shaped my life in a fair number of good ways, but one of the big ones is that good SciFi makes you think, social commentary really.
What brought this to mind was recently watching the Ender's Game movie, and re reading the book. Bear with me for a moment, the ideals that Ender's Game instilled in me of empathy and courage shaped how I relate to our animals, and why I choose to face the life and death of my meat rather than saying there isn't anything I can do about it. I mean, don't get me wrong, there's plenty of other reasons, but Ender's Game as a book I read at 8 was one of the first I'm conscious of and helped set the stage for later influences.
How so? Well, there's a few important themes in Ender's Game, not all of which are relevant, so I'm just going to cover the relevant ones.
1: How you do something is important, not just that it's done.
2: Empathy isn't a weakness though it can make things more difficult.
3: A healthy dose of look for yourself and ask questions, though this has been present in a lot of areas in my life from school to parents to friends and beyond.
I can't say I was 100% conscious of all of that as an 8 year old of course, and I only recently as I've been re
reading been making some of the connections. The empathy one is actually something I realized in relation to a conversation with Tevis and Rachel of Crabapple Farm. We were discussing ethical treatment of meat animals, and they noted that the empathy that makes one good at caring for livestock makes it difficult when the time comes to kill it yourself, or send it for processing, which in my mind comes right back to how you do something is important.
So, there's my rambling thought process on how my reading habits as a kid led me to more easily accept that it's important to be self sufficient, and despite the difficulty be connected to my food and give it as good of a life as possible.