On Rice and Interconnectedness – An alternative way to reflect on our food.
Every grain of rice we ever had is the result of the back-breaking work of peasants somewhere in the world. It is also the work of the beasts working alongside. Every grain of rice we ever had is the result of the hard work of men and women who sowed, plowed, carried, parceled and transferred produce from the rice plantations using bicycle, carts, tractors, vans, buses, trains, ships, and airplanes.
Every grain of rice we ever had is also the work of all those who designed and built these vehicles – the engineers and the mechanics. It is also the result of the work of men and women who drive, fly, navigate and fix cars, airplanes etc.
Every grain of rice we ever had is the result of the back-breaking work of the countless men and women who laid down our roads, pavements and railway lines and the ones who engineered our traffic and literally protect our lives every single day with a sophisticated traffic light system.
Every grain of rice we ever had is the result of the men and women working in markets, warehouses, grocery shops and supermarkets all around the world. The sales persons and the buyers, the workers who display merchandise and the ones operating tills. It is the result of restaurant owners, chefs and waitress/es and cleaners. It is also the result of men and women who works at banks and accountant offices across our globe.
Every grain of rice we ever had is also the result of the support, care, time and attention these countless men and women have themselves received from their parents, partners, teachers, friends, children and other benefactors and the hard work of all the people who laid the infrastructure for them and so on and so on.
I can go on forever. Literally forever. And that is before I even mentioned the sun, the earth, the rain or the little worms that turn over the ground assisting the roots to access water etc. It will never be inclusive of all the people and beings we need to thank for every grain of rice we ever had. Every meal we ever had. We are held with so much attention, care and generosity by infinite beings we will never see or meet, normally we never even think of them. Yet, they are carrying us. They are the reason for our existence. Much as we are the reason for theirs. We are all taking care of each other. We are all interconnected. We are all one.
May all those who support us will live with ease and happiness. May all their needs be always fulfilled. May they know joy and peace. May they be happy. May we be happy. May we always be happy.