15 September 2011

Harnessing wildness

The sabbatical year allows the natural systems to refresh themselves. 
The observance of a sabbatical year respects the mystery of complex ecological systems. Such systems cannot be dealt with in a mechanical fashion, and so the application of artificial, man-made forces onto the environment is bound to destroy the inner balance by which the ecology organizes itself. 
By imposing the self-restraint of a sabbatical year, man is at once harnessing the wildness and the unmeasurable character of nature and of life while at the same time man is also super-imposing an artificial rhythm onto the social system so that the natural rhythms will be kept from oscillating out of control. 

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