and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly,
and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
i must admit that this was a hard chapter for me. i can get behind the idea that our foods and folkways matter in this world, that all our small choices do count. but influencing trade policy through voting or letter writing makes me sceptical. i am much more comfortable opting out of the system (in admittedly small ways) than trying to fix it. AP and i were talking this morning about using our woodstove for heat. Thoreau said that he liked wood heat because it warmed you twice–once when you were cutting it and once when you burned it! and the ways that it has forged bonds with our neighbors…John and Elizabeth and Rita and Curt and Dave and Marla and Kevin and the Open Meadow folks and Jessica (i keep thinking of more names to add to the list!). each of these people has helped keep our little house warm. even though i’m happy not to be using our oil heat, those connections are so much more real and important to me than any more abstract ideal about not using oil.
i’ll be curious to see what ideas are offered throughout the book for ways of doing justice. stay tuned.