By Letter to the Editor on February 11, 2018.
Are we mining our soil and eroding our civilization? Is our sense of history too short?
Most city job seekers think from month to month, businesses calculate quarterly, corporations year to year, our politicians election to election (sometimes minute to minute). The stock market is no longer a source of funding to develop our industry over a generation – father to son.
Few people ask why the great civilizations (Babylon, Egypt, Rome and Mayan) disappeared, while the hunter/gatherers endured for tens of thousands of years. Is our sense of time becoming shorter and shorter, tied to the speed of financial returns, or the interest rate?
The coastal tribes were conscious of seasonal returns of salmon and cod until our “higher” society market reduced the fish population to farming. The plains natives did not eliminate the herds of buffalo, or kill the bird life; we did. Our so called “advanced” civilization seeks to exploit every resource for the short-time makers-of-fortunes (the entrepreneurs). The chapter titles of a recent book is enlightening: 1) Good old dirt, 2) Skin of the earth, 3) Rivers of life, 4) Graveyard of empires, 5) Let them eat colonies, 6) Westward hoe, 7) Dust blow, 8) Dirty business, 9) Islands in time, 10) Lifespan of civilizations. (“DIRT” by D.R. Montgomery)
In the short span of my life I have watched farms become huge because farmers can’t make a living on 80 or 160 acres without subsidies or tax breaks. Foreigners are stunned to learn of our farms and ranches of thousands of acres. Most families in my youth had backyard gardens, “food banks” for generations of fresh-food-conscious garden raiders. Kids knew which gardens the best peas, carrots or apples came from. Most children today have no idea where food comes from. Dirt under fingernails! Yuk!
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