Updated: Feb 15
As we spend time thinking about our neighborhoods, it is natural to focus on our neighbors. Afterall, we believe that our neighbors are infinitely valuable gifts who possess incredible gifts to share. That’s worthy of our attention.
But there’s more to a neighborhood than the people. Farmer and essayist, Wendell Berry, reminds us of this:
“Community, then, is an indispensable term in any discussion of the connection between people and land. A healthy community is a form that includes all the local things that are connected by the larger, ultimately mysterious form of the Creation. In speaking of community, then, we are speaking of a complex connection not only among human beings or between humans and their homeland but also between human economy and nature, between forest or prairie and field or orchard, and between troublesome creatures and pleasant ones. All neighbors are included.” (Wendell Berry in “Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays” ©1993, Pantheon)