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Cheese from Trees

Black Walnut vegan cheese has the distinctive

flavors of our native black walnut

and melts just like cheese.

In the world we live in today I am deeply saddened by the large rifts among well intentioned people because of ideological nuances. Great potential for innovative solutions are lost when people with diverse needs are unable to work together. Conversely, great joy, strength, and abundance from cooperative efforts can be the transformative energy that comes forth from focusing on what we all have in common and cherish. Given the struggles we face of climatic and extinctive proportions, the day to day attention paid to the relatively small rivalries where we differ, have accumulated into to this global deficit. Compassion, listening, cooperating, and focusing our fierce energy towards seizing the creative opportunities of connection offered up by the conflicts of philosophical diversity is the true Warrior's path. These are the radical and essential tools if we humans are to evolve and move through this era with any kind of grace.

We are in a time of great peril mostly wrought upon by aggression directed towards ourselves and towards our neighbors. Aggression is the shadow warrior. It stems from being scared, and such, is human Kryptonite. There is plenty to be scared of, but aggression causes stress, stress taxes our immune system, makes us susceptible to pathogens, we weaken, and become ill. This fractals outward into the pathogens that are our political and corporate bodies. These opportunistic pathogens are amassing great wealth and power using these bodies as hosts at the expense of the Earth and all its inhabitants. This is sinking us all into deep environmental poverty.

I am not a vegan, but I have made a new friend who is a very passionate vegan and we are melting together trees and cheese into a world that is kinder towards animals, where an exploding human population can get their needs met for food without teh environmental destruction of annual commodity agriculture. I am very encouraged by the far flung vision of concentricity between vegans and tree farmers that we are dreaming up. This friendship is opening up possibilities that I would have never thought of if we were arguing over ham and cheese sandwiches or soy beans. At this time, it would be well worth it for us to step back from the front line trenches of confrontation and fill them full of all the shit we have created, and plant nut trees on top of it all.

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing

and rightdoing there is a field.

I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass

the world is too full to talk about."


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