An hour ago I tweeted that it was time to go outside and plant some flowers for the bees and for the beauty of my garden. Turns out I spent more than half an hour pulling up grass in order to ready the spot where I want the flowers.
How large a space was that? about a square foot. Yup, grass roots resist being separated from each other and dislodged.
I began to wonder if the term, “grass roots”, which used to be used for tightly bound groups of people has the same kind of meaning today that it had when our food was grown by family farmers and a community knew the farmer who grew their food.
I wonder if today when Monsanto and Agri-corps have supplanted family farms, if there is a place for the term grass roots in our daily lives, the way there used to be, especially in politics: years ago a candidate was said to have “grass roots” support.
To get an idea of the prominence of the term today, I did a google search. The first page of results gave me a couple of Wiki instances, a movie, a yoga studio, and these:
That’s reassuring. Happiness!
I had feared that our grassroots connections had been killed by politically motivated religious fervor acting as a “herbicide” to exclude members not adhering to a particular belief system. In large part, this is a tactic used by elites to separate us from other Americans we might support and join together with, which would endanger the power of the elite. A particularly clear description of this is provided in Don Mashak’s, How the Ruling Class Elite Beat the Bell Curve.