Freedom, Equality, Altruism

Martin Ping guest writes for Rodale Institute

Martin Ping’s article “Replacing Hubris with Humus” appeared on Rodale Institute’s website this week. In the article, Ping explores the disconnect between humans and themselves, their communities, and the land, their home. He suggests that reconnection to the land through the growing, preparing, and sharing of food may be the catalyst to rebuilding these relationships. He writes:

.”..dualism and reductionist, materialistic thinking have permitted us to view nature as nothing more than a collection of resources to be commoditized and monetized for human consumption. In this mindset farming has become mining of the soil, plants and animals have become units of production, and eating, the delivery of minimum daily requirements at minimum price. In stripping culture from agriculture, the fabric of community has frayed and hubris too often replaces humus. This is not to ignore the fact that there is much to be celebrated in the realm of human ingenuity and creativity. But in our razzle-dazzle world, where time is measured in nanoseconds and efficiency becomes both the means and the end, are we allowing adequate space for reflection on what we may be sacrificing to the blind spot of our own cleverness?

…the growing, preparing, and sharing of a meal seems so basically human, and yet somehow this time-honored experience has all too often become a casualty of our highly industrialized, technological times. Technology clearly has its place—as servant, not master. It is all a question of balance. As such, are there experiences that we can provide our children, and can participate in ourselves, that bring balance to our lives, perhaps making us more whole in the process? Healthy farms, in addition to growing nutritious food, can provide nourishing opportunities for hands-on, place–based learning that offer a healing quality by re-connecting us to soil, soul, and society.”

To read the full article, please visit Rodale Institute’s website.