Enlightenment ideas reflected in the us Constitution
Colin Tudge asks why we neglect to adopt the straightforward and established ideas that may solve all of the world’s food problems – beginning with the necessity to enhance the status of farming and maqui berry farmers
Maqui berry farmers rated full of the social hierarchy of ancient China, second simply to the students (not to mention the royal family). Next lined up were another craftspeople and also the artists. Bottom from the pile were the retailers. These were wealthy, right enough, however their standing was low. Understanding, skill, and effectiveness were seen to matter way over money.
The contrast with this own occasions seems absolute. The retailers – meaning the rich – are at the very top, a minimum of as effective because the mightiest rulers and frequently, most famously in communities like Britain, seeming to savor carte blanche. Scholarship still is available but students, including researchers, are ready increasingly more to gear their learning as well as their intellect towards the service of large-time commerce. Craft has largely been changed by manufacture – again controlled by commerce – while farming has ended up to date lower the reckoning that it is considered an indication of modernity, most famously in great britan (indeed we're the ring-leaders), to lessen it virtually to disappearing point. Inside sources let me know the Blair government in early 2000s seriously considered eliminating agriculture altogether, just like Thatcher discarded the miners. The farming that does remain is centered through the neoliberal conceit that “agriculture is simply a business like every other” which all companies of whatever kind should be maximally lucrative.
We want greater than random alterations in policy to reverse all of this. We want a big change of mind-set. Indeed we want to return to first concepts and re-think what work is really for. At the moment, based on the rhetoric of all of the mainstream political parties, the purpose of working would be to make ourselves wealthy, or more potent, and therefore gain status and dominance over everyone else (for this has become overlooked that wealth and dominance is going together). However the true reason for work, taken overall, should surely be – should it not? — to lead as to the ought to be the principal ambitions of mankind — to produce convivial communities inside a thriving biosphere that, as well as for each working individual to attain personal fulfilment.