Well, I guess in the plant world, instead of ‘ego’ being the deadly sin within the community, it’s greed.
People are so selfish and immature. I honestly strongly and wholeheartedly disagree with not sharing the name of a seller of a plant. Isn’t the point of plants is to share? Also, I’ve never heard of a single seller who didn’t want their name to go out and get more business…
You post up pictures of your collector’s plant to show off, but then when people ask you for cuttings, you refuse (which is understandable if the plant is too young), but then if they ask for a seller for them to purchase their own stock, you refuse to give the name out?
Sounds like hypocrisy to me.
And that crosses the line for me.
My first thought with this is always, “Didn’t you learn how to share in pre-school?…”
I’ve never heard of anything about how not sharing resources is beneficial to society…
The most bizzare thing is seeing how the Indonesian plant sellers are on Fb; they ‘spy’ on the U.S. market prices and then mark up their plants to the same amount, despite it being dirt cheap over there. I understand the demand, but it sounds greedy to me tbh.
When I was starting to observe this, I began to think about all those dojos that are “recreational” and not about competition as much, and how those dojos attract more of the ‘budo hobbyists’ instead of the serious competitors. It’s interesting, and I guess I see the parallels in THAT aspect.
Perhaps a lot of people who join naginata are kind of like how I am in the plant world, where I’m doing this as a recreational hobby but not making a career out of it. I just am able to stay away from the politics because it’s big enough and I’ve chosen to just keep myself as just, “an individual with plants.” They want to use budo as a getaway from their daily lives–a place to relax.
However, there are some good people and great people you meet (just like in budo).
Hilariously enough, for some reason, fate and karma made me end up in Japan, AGAIN, for plants…
I ended up buying my variegated adansonii from Kunzo
LOL, he reminds me of that Pokemon Breeder from the Pokemon Day Care Center from Red/Blue 😂😂
He’s a master, well-known for that around the world, and doesn’t do it for the money.
I guess a sensei version of Kunzo is a good thing to look forward to becoming 🙂 I think he sets a good role model for the budo community in general.