|Subtitle||Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural|
|My Copy||bookstore copy|
|First Read||April 03, 2013|
The Gift of Good Land
[The farmers] do as they have done, as their ancestors did before them. The methods and reasons are assuredly complex - this is an agriculture of extraordinary craftsmanship and ecological intelligence - but they were worked out over a long time, long ago; learned so well, one might say, that they are forgotten. It seems to me that this is probably the only kind of culture that works: thought sufficiently complex, but submerged or embodied in traditional acts. It is at least as unconscious as it is conscious - and so is available to all levels of intelligence. Two people, one highly intelligent, the other unintelligent, will work fields on the same slope, and both will farm well, keeping the ways that keep the land. You can look at a whole mountainside covered with these little farms and not see anything egregiously wasteful or stupid. Not so with us. With us, it grows harder and harder even for intelligent people to behave intelligently, and the unintelligent are condemned to a stupidity probably unknown in traditional cultures.
Quoted on April 5, 2013