I've often wondered about the viability of a possum export operation.
You see here in NZ they're a 'pest' they just love to munch on all our endangered native bush.
In Australia on the other hand, they're a protected (and much loved) species.
I actually had the same thought when I did my 20-day course in NZ several years ago. They were living in the grounds of a meditation centre which was situated in its own very bushy valley. Being protected by first-precept loving meditators, the ex-patriot possums were as bold as brass and had no fear of meditator-humans. Often just preening themselves within arms reach as we came out of the meditation hall following the last session of the evening. When I was told that there were in excess of 70 million possums in NZ making short work of the native flora, I wondered why no one thought of putting them on a boat and sending them back home.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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