Minute 774: Crop Rotation

“The theory behind crop rotation is that fresh virgin soil has all the ingredients needed to produce a bountiful crop of first-class produce. If one would plant the same type of produce again in the next season, there wouldn’t be the maximum amount of nutrients in the soil, thereby limiting the potential for as healthy a crop in the second year and even less in the third,” the professor explained.

“So how does rotation alleviate the depletion?” a student asked.

“Well, different crops draw different nutrients from the soil. If one plants a type of produce that draws on a different part of the soil’s elements, it gives the soil a chance to, in effect, ‘recover’ from the previous season,” the educator explained.

“So if a farmer follows a rotation schedule, will every crop be like the first?” another student queried.

“No,” said the professor, “nothing’s as strong as the first time. The system maximizes production but can’t prevent aging over the long haul.”

A fresh, raw material will never be ‘new’ again. Manufacturers today re-furbish their products to ‘like new’ condition but sell them at a reduced price because they are just not the same as brand new. One who wants the best should consciously decide what one wishes to do first because that attempt has the greatest potential for success.

Young people often fail to take full advantage of the strength and energy of youth. Their vigorous years are “wasted” by prioritizing unimportant pursuits that wear the body and imperceptibly reduce the strength they possess. Only after many years of slow deterioration does a person sense the “aging process.”

Our Sages say that [engaging] the mind of a young person is tantamount to writing on a clean sheet of paper while an older person’s mind is like writing over an erasure. Maximize your firsts! Don’t waste the opportunity!

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

A person sacrifices eating and drinking, relaxation and peace of mind and love of family in order to acquire money. One even sacrifices self-respect for profit. On the other hand, he generously expends hard-earned money in order to gain fleeting honor which is not worth the price he is paying. (Rabbi Avraham Grodzinsky, Torat Avraham, p. 418)