Living Close to the Earth
The truly rural folk today share much with the history and the philosophy of the Native Americans. We can learn much from both of them.
The frontier settlers of the Colonial Period also lived close to the land, in a sustainable existence wherein they worked hard, raised their own food, preserved their own food, made their own goods, and gave back to the earth that gave to them.
The loss of the rural way of life is directly attributed to changes in our culture. As our economic and cultural expectations changed, they created the desires and “needs” that took people away from living close to the creation, losing contact with the land, the animals, plants, and minerals.
We can learn from the Native Americans, and from the early frontier settlers, if we choose to listen and learn from their voices. We can study the impacts of changes on both cultures over time, and be better prepared to make decisions that we can live with, and that are better for our families and for everyone.
Here at Limestone Village, we have chosen to live close to the earth.