“In retrospect, I see that this was my education, the one that would matter: the hours I spent sitting at a borrowed desk, struggling to parse narrow strands of Mormon doctrine in mimicry of a brother who’d deserted me. The skill I was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand.”
- Tara Westover, Educated
Farming and environmental stewardship aren’t opposites. In fact, farming cannot exist in the long-term without caring for the environment and the ecosystems in which you work. I recommend reading “A Sand County Almanac,” which famously states, “a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”
It discusses the concept of the “land ethic,” which examines what we consider “land,” and what responsibilities belong to us to protect the land.
Aldo Leopold was a hunter, fisher, farmer, and internationally influential environmentalist. His work is a great place to start.
The first feminist gesture is to say: “Ok. They’re looking at me. But I’m looking at them.” The act of deciding to look, of deciding that the world is not defined by how people see me, but by how I see them.” -Agnès Varda
I thought about this today as I sat down (after standing for 4 hours) and noticed a man staring directly at me. I had 10 minutes left of my 15 minute break to eat my sub. I was mad at myself for the 3 seconds I spent of that break considering not shoving the sub into my mouth because he was watching me.
Long story short, I shoved the sub in my mouth and would still like those 3 seconds back, world.