Reflections on the Southern Agrarians and their lessons for us today

Eastman Johnson (American painter, 1824-1906): Man With a Scythe – 1868.

I finally had the opportunity to acquire a book I have long wanted to read: “I’ll Take My Stand: the South and the Agrarian Tradition” by “Twelve Southerners,” a collection of essays written specifically for that publication (called by its authors a “symposium”) and published in 1930. Continue reading “Reflections on the Southern Agrarians and their lessons for us today”

Gardening as Medicine for Millennials, and the Rest of Us | The Catholic Gentleman

We need to turn to the earth from which we were formed, and which we were commanded to tend. There we can seek reintegration and reconnection; we can seek healing.

Source: Gardening as Medicine for Millennials, and the Rest of Us | The Catholic Gentleman

At risk of oversimplifying, I think there are three things that make this medicine so fit for all of us suffering, in varying ways, from the challenges of contemporary culture. Gardening calls us to work, to wait, and to worship.

Oh, this is good! This is very good. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest!

H.P. Lovecraft: “Agrarian feudalism” | WrathOfGnon

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H.P. Lovecraft is best known, when he is known at all, as an author of classic occult horror fiction – Call of Cthulhu and the like. Yet he was in fact quite the traditionalist, as this quote makes clear: indeed, as one commentator has put it, “his fiction about the terror of the great beyond is less of a fantasy and more of a warning.”

J.R.R. Tolkien was less extreme in his writings than Lovecraft, but expressed a similar warning, when for example he spoke of the Dwarves of Moria, who “delved too deep, and woke the Nameless Horror,” or when he spoke through Gandalf, counseling that “it is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”

We contemporary humans tend to think that the fact that we have the ability to do something is in and of itself sufficient justification to attempt it. I strongly suspect that neither Tolkien nor Lovecraft would agree with that viewpoint.

At any rate, I quite agree with the quote pictured above.