Nature As Measure

For a long time now we have understood ourselves as traveling toward some sort of industrial paradise, some new Eden conceived and constructed entirely by human ingenuity. And we have thought ourselves free to use and abuse nature in any way that might further this enterprise. Now we face overwhelming evidence that we are notContinue reading “Nature As Measure”

Foundational Truths

Because environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional, mental and relational health are interconnected, interdependent and interrelated, they are built, sustained, encouraged and nourished by the same foundational truths. Read the following excerpt thinking about the epidemics of diet-related disease and sickness. There is a reason why we are experiencing an environmental crisis, it is because we areContinue reading “Foundational Truths”

Eating is a responsibility as much as it is a right

“To eat responsibly is to understand and enact, so far as one can, this complex relationship. What can one do? Here is a list, probably not definitive: 1. Participate in food production to the extent that you can. If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a sunnyContinue reading “Eating is a responsibility as much as it is a right”

I am wholly part of the problem

I listened to this essay on the way home from Knoxville. Time and time again, I am confronted by my own ignorance and arrogance, and how I believe, feel, think and live in a world being destroyed by my own participation in the current economy. Listen to Chapter 2: The ecological crisis as a crisisContinue reading “I am wholly part of the problem”

“the real names of global warming are Waste and Greed”

I am posting this article because as I have thought and pondered diet-related disease and sickness, I have realized it is both reflected and determined by the monoculture in which we all have been born into and now live, move and have our being. Obviously, I am not the first to realize what a wasteContinue reading ““the real names of global warming are Waste and Greed””

My Brothers and Sisters

I wish I had the prose Of Henry David ThoreauAnd walking was my WayTo see the Wild run and play Then Nature would be my placeTo receive manna and graceGrowing my spirit wide and deep From her food and sleep Perhaps, I’d be quiet and stillTo practice the skillsOf laying downDigging in the groundDrinking fromContinue reading “My Brothers and Sisters”

Questionnaire

QUESTIONNAIREby Wendell Berry How much poison are you willingto eat for the success of the freemarket and global trade? Pleasename your preferred poisons. For the sake of goodness, how muchevil are you willing to do?Fill in the following blankswith the names of your favoriteevils and acts of hatred. What sacrifices are you preparedto make forContinue reading “Questionnaire”

Beware user of the social media gods

Social media platforms are now in the business of curating what they believe is right and wrong based on their fragmented understanding (aka philosophy) of right and wrong, truth and lies. (I don’t really blame them…I personally hate weight loss ads, diets and shaming people) but what this means… is that these social media platformsContinue reading “Beware user of the social media gods”

What is Freedom?

“We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. OneContinue reading “What is Freedom?”

The Fall of Language and Words

“What is the good of words if they aren’t important enough to quarrel over? Why do we choose one word more than another if there isn’t any difference between them? If you called a woman a chimpanzee instead of an angel, wouldn’t there be a quarrel about a word? If you’re not going to argueContinue reading “The Fall of Language and Words”