1: characterized by warmth of feeling typically expressed in eager zealous support or activity
2: fiery, hot (an ardent sun)
3: shining, glowing (ardent eyes)
Venture: transitive verb
1: to expose to hazard: risk, gamble (ventured a buck or two on the race)
2: to undertake the risks and dangers of : brave (ventured the stormy sea)
3: to offer at the risk of rebuff, rejection, or censure
(thanks to Merriam-Webster)
This is all part and parcel of choosing death rather than
life: "We need to kill the 'weeds'," as your general
orientation/goal, rather than "to grow healthy, flourishing
crops." This habitual, oppositional/violent orientation is endemic
to our culture, and poisons everything--every encounter we have, not just with
"weeds," but between people as well (this story illustrates both
If, instead, the goal were to grow things that are as
healthy as possible, to "choose life" in that occupation of
farmer--to walk in a peaceful way with all living things they encounter, in
their occupation--then anything one farmer did for his crops could only help
the neighbor's crops, or at least wouldn't be able to outright kill them.
But if "maximizing yield" (and therefore money) is the primary goal,
then that one choice right there leads inevitably to violence (a violent
orientation sets you on that path); that choosing of death rather than life,
right on that apparently innocuous level ("they're just weeds") is
It doesn't matter how innocuous the choice seems at the
time, how small, how correct even; that path leads to destruction. That's
just where it goes. Death for the weeds, suffering and death for the
people who harvest the crops and are exposed to the toxic chemicals, somewhat
slower suffering and death for people who eat them (or eat the things that eat
them) and are exposed to lower but chronic levels of those toxins, and in this
case, outright death by explosive violence for one man at the hands of his own
"Today I have set before you
the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on
heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose
life, so that you and your children might live!" --Deuteronomy 30:19
Here's something else in the article that is so common in
"We cannot lose this technology," Perry Galloway, an Arkansas farmer
who has used dicamba and dicamba-tolerant soybean seeds. "We've come too
far at this point to just throw it away."
This is a hugely common, and very strong, fallacy.
"We've come too far," "We've invested too much," etc.
But C.S. Lewis addressed this best:
"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road,
progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that
case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."
The good news is, it's never too
late to start choosing life. And even the tiniest choice begins to
correct the course.