07 April 2009

Back to the land, household, community, place

"The exploiter typically serves an institution or organization; the nurturer serves land, household, community, place. The exploiter thinks in terms of numbers, quantities, 'hard facts'; the nurturer in terms of character, condition, quality, kind." Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America, quoted in Slow Money on page 175.

Shnat shemitta, the sabbatical year, dis-establishes the 'institutions and organizations' for a year and forces attention onto the land, household, community, place.

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