Don't listen to Morning Edition, listen to this
This is a very interesting interview on thinking strategically about resilience with Lisa Fernandes, a permaculturalist from down south in Portland. Listen to it all.
"Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in." Whenever I get pulled into covering the horse race -- or the horrible train wreck, pick your metaphor -- I ended up feeling a great need to return to gardening, or processes that are like gardening, as opposed to being like warfare. And I do get sucked into covering the horse race, partly because I've got a fine magazine of tropes, partly because taking Obama down is work that needs to be done, and partly because snark is the form of violence that I permit myself. And of course, doing work that one feels fit for is rewarding. But perhaps I need to do a little "inner landscape work." Like everything else produced by the looting classes, Big Politics is enormously and designedly corrosive, no matter how strongly one attempts to maintain a critical stance. The eternal question -- "stupid and/or evil" -- is not a joke. Happiness and merit are very difficult to achieve in a political environment that feels like "The Road" reads.
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From the interview:
"FERNANDES: My outlook is: Work as hard as I can to increase the likelihood of good outcomes in a place where I happen to be."
Q: What is sacred to you?
FERNANDES: The dirt. The soil. ... The future of humanity, the future of my people, depends on the top six inches of that stuff. No civilization has ever survived the loss of its humus.
NOTE This link comes from a somewhat Inside Baseball article on local meat production. But I think this video offers the bigger picture.