As many who dip into some social media realms may have noticed, there’s plenty of absolutes, extremes and anger out there. Peace. Breathe. Reset. Kindness, compromise, balance. Bring ’em on.
I am tired of absolutes and extremes and the angriness of this age. We need more kindness, compromise and balance.
Rebanks’ English Pastoral is a slim and quietly impassioned account of his family’s involvement in the transformation of farming from its age-old practice to a full on globalised industry with a number of doubtful outcomes, followed by an endeavour to move forward (not backward) to a more sustainable approach to farming. It’s a succinct overview of the complexities of making that transition. See our tribute to Rebanks’ earlier book, which touches on similar issues, A Shepherd’s Life.
Source: James Rebanks, English Pastoral: An inheritance (London: Penguin, 2021), p. 269
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