My public online life is mostly consumed by agriculture. My faith as a Christian is an important part of my life as well. Sometimes, I find the two intersecting in strange and fascinating ways.
I find winter a good time to read, and I’ve been reading works by a couple of authors that for the sake of this post fall slightly outside mainstream Christian thinking in this country. It’s easy to find perspectives online about these authors. Oftentimes I find them accused of various travesties against the Word of God. Or they are accused of seeking publicity, financial gain, etc. Yet, when I read their work, what I mostly find is personal stories of their journeys through life, how they got to where they are at in their faith or beliefs. I do not claim to have a direct line to God to know if they are “right”, but I do find their experiences inspirational.
The parallels in the ag industry are strong. For the massive industry that has become our modern food supply, it is simply made up of individuals – farmers, researchers, truck drivers, janitors, assembly line workers, many, many more. All with individual stories to tell. It can be so easy to bad mouth the system, or badmouth a way something is done, but the vast majority of the time you simply have individuals doing the best they can with what they have. Is it right? Is it how things should be done? Little different than religion, those are great philosophical questions, but the system as it exists, is simply made up of individuals taking what they know, what they have, and trying to do their job. I think that’s an important thing to understand.
Now, after that quick thought, back to my book…