Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia, p.164-165

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth. Corruption of morals in the mass of cultivators is a phenomenon of which no age nor nation has furnished an example. It is the mark set on those, who not looking up to heaven, to their own soil and industry, as does the husbandman, for their subsistance, depend on it the casualties and caprice of customers. Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the design of ambition. This, the natural progress and consequence of the arts, has sometimes perhaps been retarded by accidental circumstances: but, generally speaking, the proportion which the aggregate of the other classes of citizens bears in any state to that of its husbandmen, is the proportion of its unsound to its healthy parts, and is a good enough barometer whereby to measure its degree of corruption. While we may have land to labour then, let us never wish to see our citizens occupied at a work-bench, or twirling a distaff.

1 Comments:

Blogger A.D.D said...

Famers feed the world.....remember that you buncgh of city slickers...when you go to eat mash potatoes...or corn on a cob or any food thats natural. It was us the men and women who for countless years have worked the land to survive.

So IF UOI ATE TODAY THANK A FARMER

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