Mowing the Lawn

May 28, 2006

Mowing the lawn is a meditation on restraint. The lawn serves no function other than looking good -- Aesthetics is its sole ergon. And yet, we retain it, adorning our lawn, like some piece of jewelry. It requires constant upkeep, and work, but we maintain it for its beauty.

There is also, in addition, the aspect of lawn which resembles moderation. We maintain some lawn -- its extrication is never considered an option. But at the same time, we are cautious to keep only this minute amount. Arranged, planned, but never given reign to grow wild or without our control. Such is the lawn -- without function, requiring some effort. Yet harmless and even enjoyable while kept in moderation.