Change . . . real change . . .

http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html

This is a man who is not only making a difference but also embodies the ashé of both Orishaokó and Babaluaiye. And this, my friends, is the kind of change that counts. Imagine if we did this in every city? The osogbo inherent in city-dwelling – indeed – the osogbos of ikú, ano, and aro would be lessened in our lives. This is the true concept of a community garden: food grown by the community and shared freely among the community. And that’s all I have to say – he says the rest!

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6 thoughts on “Change . . . real change . . .

  1. Ron Finley said, “To change the community you have to change the composition of the soil. We are the soil.” If that’s not an essential concept of Lucumí worship, I don’t know what is. It’s the wisdom and teaching of Orishaokó: It’s the wisdom and teaching of Babaluaiye. And although Olorún is that which distributes ashé throughout our solar system, our ashé, the ashé that keeps us living and breathing on this earth, it all comes from the soil. And in his brilliance, he redefined us, each of us, as the soil. I’m in awe of this man’s wisdom.

  2. I’m still thinking about this powerful speech. Divination students: think about ire elese araoko, and all the orishas involved in that. These are orishas represented by his 10 minute TED talk. Think about how we’ve moved away from the ethical standards of those orishas, and how reclaiming those standards improves not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. These are the orishas that sustain life; these are the orishas that change the land into something that no longer transmits death, but life and health.

    If I’ve said it a thousand times I’ve still not said it enough – there is no knowledge that is not useful to the diviner. Fall back on the teachings of Unle; that olodu reminds us that education is the key to rising above osogbo. Oma, knowledge and wisdom, is the principle that saves us. We live in exciting times; and this is a powerful age in which to be an olorisha. We have ashé, and we can use that ashé to change, recreate, and save the world we live in.

  3. I love, love, love that you shared this with us. Such a powerful message. I look forward to planting a big garden with my daughter. I’m hoping to nurture a love of the Earth and veggies in her. =)

    Many thanks.

    1. It’s a very powerful message, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. And as Ron said, “Children who grow tomatoes . . . eat tomatoes!” (Well, it’s a paraphrase at least!)

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