The great American essayist, Wendell Berry, in his important collection of essays, The Unsettling of America, writes:
It is possible, I think, to say that this is a Christian agriculture, formed upon the understanding that it is sinful for people to misuse or destroy what they did not make. The Creation is a unique, irreplaceable gift, therefore to be used with humility, respect, and skill.
I love reading Berry. He has such a beautiful and powerful way with words. His writing is very direct and challenging to our notions of ambition, success and personal growth and well-being. Berry bought a small farm in Kentucky, his home state, in 1965, and has farmed it to the present day. He’s also written over 25 books of poems, 16 collections of essays, 11 novels and short story collections. His deep conviction is that our work should be deeply rooted and responsive to one’s place.
The photograph is from my friend, Mark Hemmings’ nature photography.