It’s been almost 2 months since my last post on the contents of our community garden at Pickman Park. It’s time for a follow-up, and what better time to talk about gardening than during our exploration of this month’s theme?
As a born and raised Mormon, one of my favorite verses of scripture compared belief to a seed that you plant. You hope that it will grow, you water and nurture this seed. And how do you know that the seed is good? Through observation and experience! Is the seed growing? Is it producing good fruit? Does the fruit taste delicious and satisfying? Basically, if the seed does not produce good fruit, either it’s a bad seed, or you didn’t do a good enough job nurturing it. I really loved this metaphor (kind of like a personal “scientific method”?), and I have tried to apply this concept to a number of beliefs I have had over the years. Of course this isn’t a perfect analogy and some beliefs are difficult to try out for yourself. But it has helped me discard some beliefs and reaffirm others. Just like tending a garden, the process is always repeating itself.
I guess that’s ultimately the difference between belief and knowledge: Growing belief is a continual process of observation, experience (action!) and reevaluation. With knowledge, the mystery is replaced with certainty, and the process is completed. Both can be satisfying parts of life experience, and sometimes, a belief could grow into a knowledge.
And here are some of the fruits of our labors over at Pickman Park Community Garden:
What about you? Do you have any analogies that have helped you understand belief better? What are your thoughts about the gardening metaphor?
— Madelene Pario