R. Sagarik
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The subject matter of this short communication is related to the application of the concept of righteousness and fairness in the conservation of horticultural plant specimens in the wild. But beyond the conservation of plant specimens, this concept may be used not only with a particular kind of plant, but with whatever conservation activities to be undertaken. Such concept serves as a reminder of what is morally right and what is morally wrong, and can bring success to the person who abides by them in whatever endeavor he chooses to undertake.
If only the people of this earth could abide by the concept of righteousness and fairness in their relationships with each other, then there would be a proper balance between the rich and the poor, between those with greater opportunity and those with less opportunity. The positive environment this would create can only lead to greater happiness in this world.
From my personal experience I strongly reaffirm the power of this concept that I have done my best to follow throughout my long life. I have no doubt whatsoever that this concept actually works.
From abiding by this concept of righteousness and fairness in conservation work related to plant specimens in the wild, or abiding by this same concept for the preservation of local arts and cultures belonging to different civilizations one discovers the reality that the people on this earth are all striving for peace and happiness in their lives.
But happiness is based on the realities of local circumstances, or in other words, happiness is based on a sustainable future as well as on giving importance to and recognition toward one another, with thoughts that are pure and devoid of harmful feelings against one another, and finally happiness is based on allowing people to learn about one another. And this is an especially important in this day and age. People in the powerful segments of society who have at their disposal regulations and laws are inclined to enforce these laws and regulations in the name of conservation at the detriment of those with less opportunity in life. This occurs particularly in the tropical countries of the world and is done for the material benefits of those powerful segments of society that believe that no one is realizing what they are up to.
Among various tropical countries, mostly found near the equator and endowed with a wealth of natural resources, one finds that the people living in various communities have ways of life that are all different, but a common denominator is that all these are relatively poor materially. And no matter how much effort has been invested in those communities to address the problems over the years, the problems seem to be getting even worse.
One of the main reasons for this failure to remedy existing problems is the widespread use of enforcement of laws and regulations to solve problems, and for example, in the case of conservation, the solution processes are primarily top down similarly to the domino theory.
But one innovative way that can be used to solve these problems is to undertake development work or conservation work by continually abiding by the concepts of righteousness and morality, concepts that are already present in all of us while implementing initiatives that affect other people, who also have these same feelings deep within themselves.
There exists an element of dependency in the relationship between one human being with another, and even between human beings and trees in a forest, all within an ecological cycle dictated by the laws of nature. Human beings who live in freedom from external forces and influences have an ability to give what is best in themselves to other human beings, and this applies to the relationship between human beings and plants as well.
In a life free from external forces and influences, people can benefit from the evaluation of plants, then likewise plant specimens can be protected and preserved by people. And this synergy between people and plants can ensure mutual benefit over the long term and result in a built-in system for the conservation of plant species.
In conclusion, the use of enforcement and coercion in the name of conservation may be viewed as those with more influence and opportunities preventing those with less opportunity from reaping benefit from the natural environment in order to preserve it for their own benefit, while believing that others do not see through their stratagem. It is also possible that the poor people do not feel that they are in a position to argue with the authorities on this point because of fear of those who have the law on their side. However, such unresolved issues, if not resolved urgently, have the potential to create an even greater conflict one day in the future, perhaps leading to wars between people that may well destroy this earth we are all living on.
This short article will hopefully remind people of the need to gain and nurture “mindfulness” as a means to understand how the world works and then work toward actions to bring peace to the world.
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1025.1

Acta Horticulturae