In Western traditions we are constantly comparing one thing to the other. Which do you like better… brown or blue eyes, basketball or football, chicken or fish? Nature did not give us all the glorious scenes to judge one place or species over the other. Why does one thing have to be better than another? Think about it. When we compare or try to make one thing better than another, our minds leave the natural beauty of the entity and go to a place of judgement and diminish the innate qualities of that which is being analyzed.
More examples that nature puts before us to admire but get turned around occur in the plant world. One such example is the Common Burdock, known as a terrible weed, ugly and a plague for horses’ manes and tails. Soon, a hatred is built up regarding this plant. What did “The Great Spirit” have in mind when the Burdock was born into existence? Certainly it is well equipped to survive as the seed heads cling to any thing that brushes up against it . It is even more tenacious than velcro which by the way was invented as this natural clinging trait of Burdock was copied by man. Certainly if we were hungry or starving we could dig the roots of Burdock and survive by eating them.
If we look closely to the flower of the Burdock, it holds its own natural beauty but it is not considered as a prize wildflower possession by any landscaper or gardener. Truly the beauty is lost as we curse the power that the Burdock has over us. We wage war against it by digging it, spraying it and killing it anyway that we can. Can we change these natural traits or is “The Great Spirit” trying to tell us something? When did we start to complain about this plant? The more we complained, the more we got. Right? Nature’s signs go unheeded and the Burdock serves as a red flag that something isn’t right with the harmony of our use of the land. As an early indicator, it makes itself obvious as we overgraze our pastures and pay no attention to the overuse of them. Those who heed the warning sign back away and start treating the land with more respect and the Burdock starts to diminish over time.
Burdock is not less than, more than or uglier than. It just is, so appreciate your football or basketball for what it is and as we adjust our lives to look beneath the surface and accept all diversity as beautiful in its own light.