Asceticism or AgricultureUpdated: March 11th, 2017
Whoa! Some say being vegan was a big enough trip and that Veganic Agriculture was for the hard core. Yet there's more below the surface, like an iceberg. Then as the heart warms there is only the ocean.
Just to clarify, that foraging, although not agriculture though could be an ascetic move, is not in itself ascetic when it is a means of survival.
Well it's not subsistence living so often touted by industry as describing those that get by, by scratching out a living directly from the land, a sort of desperate use of agriculture where the practitioner is just about hanging on, by the skin of their teeth. Definitely not the industrious permaculturalist who's aim is to maximise the use of the land through well devised plans of exploitation.
Nope it's the cultivation of food minimally as the whole idea of being a consumer it anti spirit. The notion that death is to be avoided by consumption is the bane of intellect.
Some have embraced veganism as consequence of the being uncomfortable exploiting consuming dumb animals, but ok to consume even dumber plants. The ascetic may practice veganism or fruitarianism but the focus is not on the quality of the food nor the consequence of it's production on the greater environment but that the idea of eating denigrates the notion that life is eternal and cannot be maintained by consumption.
The alternative is to eat until you die as that will be the end of life and the pleasure of consumption. So I can breathe