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I will speak now from the position of the farmer. I fell that I am qualified to do so as I credit a good majority of my current value system based upon my experiences with farmers growing up. I will lean on these memories and experiences in the effort lay these ideas in front of you for your consideration, and hopefully express my reasoning for why these archetypes are so important. Here's the farmer...

"I wake up before the rises. I do so because I know there is a long day ahead of me. The day is long and yet it is mine. I eat a large breakfast in the dark with the other local farmers at the truck stop/restaurant in town. The conversation usually revolves politics and taxes. There is some consideration of the coming seasonal weather cycles. Regardless of the outcomes of the discussion, I finish breakfast and set out for the day. It's summer and 100 degrees out I am working in the early morning and in the late afternoon. If its cold autumn, I am probably harvesting. In spring I am planting and preparing for irrigation for the summer.

The farmer next to me has an issue with a sow giving birth. He calls me up at 2 o'clock in the morning asking for help. I get out of bed, get dressed, and move towards the problem. I do this because I had issue with my irrigation pump last year and he helped in diagnosing the problem that kept my crop production on schedule.
The calves head is crooked in the uterus of the sow. Birthing is not occurring.
We sort things out and a beautiful baby calf is born. All is well.


It's too early now to think about sleep. The next day is at the doorstep.
I arrive at the truck stop, and eat a big breakfast. Long day ahead.


Same thing everyday. Same thing my father did, and his father did.
Work is a lovely thing, you never had such a good time with a bed.
Regardless of the politics or the weather, I will still wake up before dawn and work the day.
I work the land.
My day, my land, my responsibility."

The Individual Is Paramount
As Within So Without

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