by Wendell Berry
Some time ago, in a conversation with Wes Jackson in which we were laboring to define the causes of the modern ruination of farmland, we finally got around to the money economy. I said that an economy based on energy would be more benign because it would be more comprehensive.
Wes would not agree. “An energy economy still wouldn’t be comprehensive enough.”
“Well, I said, “then what kind of economy would be comprehensive enough?”
He hesitated a moment, and then, grinning, said, “The Kingdom of God.”
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