“It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigour. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
I must confess a hidden predilection for the agrarian ideal and more specifically, a nostalgia for the simple virtue of America’s rural past. While I imagine much of the lore describing this time paints a much rosier experience than was actually the case, there is something to be said in favor of the rural life and its attendant wholesomeness and naturalness.
It’s hard nowadays to identify exactly where our moral security as a nation rests. The many institutions that claim to safeguard us from degeneracy and corruption seem incapable of keeping the sacred fire alive, especially as they grow in size, wealth and power. From whence comes our help?
Time marches on and now more than nine-tenths of our population lives in urban cities as compared to one-tenth in Jefferson’s time. The industrial and information ages ushered in an era of unparalleled change in the way we work, live and relate to one another. As spellbinding as the last century-and-a-half has been, the jury is still out on the net effect of this so-called progress. Has it benefited humanity or merely perpetuated its march to the wrong drummer?
This morning I have more questions than answers. If my experience holds true, however, the ability to articulate the question is the first step to getting into position to receive the answer.
Maybe you have some thoughts?