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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student 2 (How Do We Love Nature?)

Updated on December 6, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Let Nature Rule

Sun on his face he looks to the heavens instead of his dad.
Sun on his face he looks to the heavens instead of his dad. | Source

Nature Is Better Appreciated Through a Camera Than A Gunsight

Our boy and his father are now sitting on the banks of a creek where the father had grown up. The father is using an old school Bamboo pole with a 10 foot line. The boy has a nice and new pole that seems adjusted to his size. Father used live local bait he dug up, and the boy a lure. A babbling brook and silence save for the small rapids and birds. Birch, Sycamore and Willow lined the shores where they both learned to swim. Not a sandy type shore as it is steep and all boulder and rock. But it is the bait that stirs a discussion about love.

B: Dad why are you using a grub to fish with, it is yucky and it kills the grub?

The father is nonplussed and gives the boy one of those sideways looks which without being spoken lets the boy know that that is a question asked without first thinking.

B: I mean we are catching fish to eat but we are not going to eat worms.

F: Well son now you are thinking. Hmm maybe you are right though.

So the son pushes the issue

B: Aren’t we supposed to love all of nature?

Now it was the father’s turn to think about the fundamental question of loving nature while still needing to eat. Somethings we adults have just accepted without really looking at them. The son continues the process.

B: Why do you treat little animals worse than big ones?

Again the father had to pause to contemplate.

F: I never thought of that very much. I suppose I just accept predator and prey ideas.

So they sat silently with the creek flowing by and casting from time to time. Of course the boy did what boys do when fishing. He saw a school of fish, got so excited that he jerked around and yelled that there were a ton of fish right there. And of course the fish were frightened and swam away. Being down this road before the father just sighed and laughed. The excitement of seeing them might just outweigh the fun of catching one.

The issue of loving nature still in his mind he learned from the boy that often just observing nature is the best way to go. The hunt being far better than the kill. The father thought that it was just the right time to teach.

I Just Cannot Imagine A World That Gives No Voice to Children.

Pondering Is Perhaps Better Than Answering.

F: Son do you think plants are part of nature?

B: Course I do dad.

F: You know we kill those everyday just to eat, right?

B: But dad they die real quick anyway.

Another lesson in the form of a question for the father to contemplate. Certainly it is not longevity that gives value to a life.

B: Dad, can we kill something that we love?

F: What do you mean son?

B: Dad I was just thinking that if we love all of nature but pick plants and eat animals that we are killing something that we love.

F: Your thinking sounds right to me.

The father saw just how horribly wrong that the logic could take them.

F: I hope you are not including other people in your thoughts.

B: Well Dad?

F: Do you love your fishing pole?

B: Of course I do, it is just right for me.

F: Do you love mom?

B: That is silly Dad, of course I do.

No more dialogue for the moment of peace and quiet. And then the boy catches a small Rainbow Trout. The excitement brightens the already wonderful morning. But the fish is too small. Father rushes over to help dislodge the hook and release the fish back into the creek. And this begins a new look at love.

F: I am proud of you boy for bringing him in just right so we could do catch and release with no damage.

B: Why do we release the little ones?

F: Get this son. It is our duty to protect those young of any species. As I protect you, you must protect nature.

B: So why did you kill that grub? It is a baby beetle, right?

F: Son this is supposed to be relaxing, why do you make me think so hard?

Just Sitting Is Sometimes Better

My Best Hiking and Fishing Buddy

Sometimes a man must wish that he was his son's child/
Sometimes a man must wish that he was his son's child/ | Source

Live Might Be Standing Back

A compassionate 30 minutes pass by without words. But the minds keep working on framing questions. The father has taught the boy to question rather than to answer most of the time. The boy has taught the man not to just accept what life has taught him. Experience and mind can cripple us from learning. From growing.

F: Son I just got a big one! He is a German Brown and pulling hard.

The battle may seem lopsided to someone. But with the bamboo pole it is a tug of war and a quick twisting up of the line by spinning the pole. Like rewinding of a spool of thread. It is a reel of the most real meaning. Lessons taught by the father’s grandpa come into play like a second nature. The fish is perfect at 20 inches long. The boy and the father pray for the fish along the lines of God first but Mother Nature in the forefront.

B: Are you OK dad?

F: A little sad but happy at the same time son. I reckon I am just an old sap son. I will never get used to killing – even to feed you.

Fast as lightening the boy yelps as he has a big Rainbow on the line. It looks like the small rig may break on the weight. This time the father leans back on his rock and watches. At this point the boy is teaching his father to sit on his hands and let go and let live.

B: Yelling. Aren’t you going to help me dad?

F: Nope.

Son, Will You Stand By Me?

Thank You Son For a Great Day of Schooling

The father yearns for popcorn as he watches the show. Five minutes of fight and the boy has the 12 incher in his hands. A baseball type swing against the rock so the fish dies instantly with no suffering. There is plenty of fish to feed the family of five. The father rock hops down to the boy and fixes his line with a few weights and no bait. The boy practices his casting for a few minutes. Then up the bank for the mile walk home.

B: That was sure fun. Can we do it again tomorrow?

F: Nothing I would rather do.

B: I think I get it about needing to eat. Can you explain again why it is OK?

F: Son you sound like my professors in college. Who is the dad here anyway? (pause as they watch a tree squirrel) A long time ago my big brother told me to be careful. He said that my words and actions impacted others. That I cut a wide swath. So act right. Our life impacts all things. We must be careful how we deal with that responsibility. No matter we must love first and survive second.

B: I think I understand dad. Like that catch and release today. Like I do with candy. Don’t take too much, because it is bad for you and greedy.

They came upon a wild Blackberry patch. And were delighted with the berries. And not having to kill the bush in order to eat.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna it is good to hear from you. A funny real good thing about fishing is that you have to learn to be together without talking to much.

      I wish the word "bonding" was not so over used, because it is a great concept.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      15 months ago

      Your last line gave me a good chuckle. I could just see these two men talking and trying to understand each other. Fishing is such a great for men to bond without too much risk of overstating the obvious.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I have conflict with regard to things like plants. I guess I just need to accept that they are here for me. That is the circle of life.

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      15 months ago from london

      Nice dialogue with the kid.

      I'm reminded of a story where the Seer told those praticing ahimsa (non-violence), that it was impossible not to kill. For the Seer, even the microbes we breathe are alive; the creatures we walk upon...

      Yet they love the Spirit of Ahimsa and indeed saw it as Purity of Intent; Sincerity of Purpose. It is not so much what we say or do; not our philosophy, but the inner intentions. After all, Love already knows our Hearts.

      I found this useful then and it just came to mind. It is wise that a kid questions and that the Father teaches to the best of his ability, yes. Nice! Cool hub.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill. I must admit I spend quite a bit of time out there in la la land. Admittedly a strange hobby.

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      William Kovacic 

      15 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Honestly Eric, that's pretty deep stuff for anyone to think about. Thanks for getting my brain going this morning.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah. I do my best to give tools and not demands. But it is OK for my children to demand of me. Kind of like "I owe them, but they do not owe me." It works out where we do not lie and we are honest to God.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora. I reckon that the interchange is mutual respect. As soon as I let my children know that they are safe and secure in speaking with me.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      15 months ago from Washington DC

      Gee, Eric, if schoolteachers were those kinds of teachers the U.S. Government would never have arrived to today's policy of corrupt governing or church to their "if it is not in the Bible it isn't from god" attitude. The son appears to follow the same line of reasoning I did as a child but my schoolteacher mom had no reasonable response or demanded "stop asking so many questions" with a look of "you'll get a whipping" if you don't. So you've lived to see how "a small child shall lead them" works and that it requires a none-know-it-all to accept their instructing. You show that you are teachable even by children.

      Magnificently revealed, my friend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you are blessed to enjoy such dialogue with depth of thought with your son. You both are two sharp minds. Twin brain towers!

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nikki it is times like this that I truly thank HP. How wonderful for you and I to have a place to share and inspire each other. Our growing friendship means much to me.

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      Nikki Khan 

      15 months ago from London

      Well kids are a wonderful source of teaching us a lot through their innocent questions, and I like that line ‘sometimes a man must wish,he was his son’s child’.

      Another lesson of love and learning from kids just amazing.

      Thanks for sharing Eric,your writing inspires me a lot.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari these are stories are inspired by true events (not accurate of course) I have one son 33 and another 7. So we span an interesting spread of time. 1 before any electronics to speak of and one I try to shield from the onslaught.

      My only stable footing is a constant evolution.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Catherine. The food chain is a very interesting area of inquiry. I have two real problems with normal thought here. I do not see death as amounting to anything more than walking through a door to a different place with a different form. Souls don't die, Souls aren't born, Souls are not made out of water or dirt or sky.

      The second issue I have is with plants. I don't buy into the sentient life form distinction. Or as mentioned here about longevity being a factor.

      Great stuff to take some deep breathes and think about.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      15 months ago from Ohio

      Children give us a fresh outlook to questions we have not thought about for years. It's good to pay attention and ponder what they say. It seems as if the boy and his father ponder the questions of life well.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      15 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Children always challenge us to see things anew with their questions. Once someone told me that God created predator and prey so animals and plants could both survive. So it was OK to kill to eat. I answered, if God could do anything, why didn't he just give us manna from heaven. What I meant is He could have arranged the world in such away that all organisms could eat without killing. Or maybe arranged it so that we wouldn't have to eat at all.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika. If we follow your advice we will do just fine.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill. Several years ago I dropped the need to win. It still rears it's ugly head sometimes. But now I can listen a bit more.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Hari. I love your notion of "unlearn". Funny but now that I am not so young I find myself spending as much time unlearning as learning.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. Here is a cool thing; I asked you about children not liking certain foods. Your answer kind of jelled some impetus for this series.

      My elder son, where the background for this came from. His adamant I make this a book.

      I hope this format is easier to read than the first.

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      Devika Primić 

      15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Love and learning is a must for kids and with such great experiences too.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The older I get, Eric, the more I realize I don't know many of the answers to this living thing. It's humbling for sure, to know I'm not nearly as smart as I once thought I was.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      15 months ago from Bangalore

      It is always great to speak to children and understand their perspective and also unlearn the norms. The q&a was fun to read. :-) .

      Loved this article. Thanks for writing. Eric.

      - hari

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, there is so much love and learning and wisdom in this article. Isn't it wonderful how children help us hit the pause button? They make us re-think what we have been doing. The Bible says "and a little child will lead them."

      True words.

      I absolutely adore this series (hey, it's the 2nd one, so it's not an isolated hub).

      Thank you so very much for this. It is beautiful. So much wisdom from such a little mind.


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