Fat of the Land

We had never had any real conscious drive to self-sufficiency.  We had thought, like a lot of other people, that it would be nice to grow our own vegetables.  But living here has altered our sense of values.  We find that we no longer place the same importance on artifacts and gadgets as other people do.  Also, every time we buy some factory-made article, we wonder what sort of people made it – if they enjoyed making it or if it was just a bore – what sort of life the maker, or makers, lead.

I wonder where all this activity is leading.  Is it really leading to a better or richer or simpler life for people?  Or not?  I wonder about the nature of progress.  One can progress in so many different directions.  Up a gum-tree, for example.  I know that the modern factory worker is supposed to lead an ‘easier’ life than, say, the peasant.  But I wonder if the supposition is correct.  And I wonder if, whether ‘easier’ or not, it is a better life?  Simpler?  Healthier?  More spiritually satisfying?  Or not?

So as far as we can, we import our needs from small and honest craftsmen and tradesmen.  We subscribe as little as we can to the tycoons, and the ad-men, and the boys with their expense accounts.  If we could subscribe to nothing at all, we would be better pleased.

John Seymour, Fat of the Land, 1976.


About kateeleigh

I'm not the greatest at this whole social media thing. I like face-to-face interactions. Phone calls, texts, random cups of tea. I work in some of Canada's most remote places, and I'm having a (not-so) secret love affair with my camera, who goes everywhere with me. When I'm not running away to the great outdoors, I like to read, play video games, and find the myriad ways I can annoy my cat. I'm the author and photographer at http://photomemoires.wordpress.com/ and I'm a contributor to Thalassa's Pagan Devotionals over at https://lectiodivinapaganus.wordpress.com/ Welcome to my world. Won't you sit down with a cup of tea and stay a while? View all posts by kateeleigh

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