The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.
Technology and modern comforts have driven us so far from the land as Berry astutely addressed originally in 19771 that it’s no wonder we’re facing an ever-present loss of community, devaluation of human labor, and the destruction of our natural world in pursuit of products and profit.
It seems the obvious question to ask is what if more science, technology, and convenience isn’t the answer — what if it’s the opposite?
- The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry (Sierra Club Books, 1977) ↩