2/23/2011

Industrialism and Agrarianism Contrasted

I got a handout along with last quarter's CSA share detailing the contrast between industrialism and agrarianism that I found to be quite informative and also gave me a stark reminder of how unfulfilling industrialism has made our lives to be.  I have this on my fridge and it inspires me everyday to live life simply.   This was taken from Wendell Berry's sociological imagination: Agrarian values and good leadership in a postmodern culture.  I have a pdf file of the exact handout here, but I'll type out the ones that struck a chord with me.

Industrialism: Physical labor is neither good nor enjoyable 
vs.
Agrarianism: Physical labor is good and can be a pleasure

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Industrialism: Limitless opportunities/resources; expansionism ("More!")
vs.
Agrarianism: Recognition of limits; restraint ("Enough.")

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Industrialism: Economic dependence on corporations
vs.
Agrarianism: Economic independence; sustainability

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Industrialism: Free time for "leisure" and consumption
vs.
Agrarianism: Rest time for community and nourishment

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Industrialism: Success
vs.
Agrarianism: Contentment/Stewardship

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Industrialism: Fast-paced life
vs.
Agrarianism: Life based on rhythms

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Industrialism: Utility
vs.
Agrarianism: Beauty

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Industrialism: Virtuality
vs.
Agrarianism: Place

Wendell Berry says one need not be a farmer or live in a rural area to be an agrarian; whether you live in the city or country, anyone can be an agrarian in the sense that they live accordingly to agrarian principles--to live life in balance with the rhythms of nature and also through agricultural pursuits that will lead to fulfillment and a healthier, sustainable way of life.  I live each day with these simple principles in mind. 

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