Able and Willing

“Our present ideas of conservation and of public stewardship are not enough. Duty is not enough. Sentiment is not enough. No mere law, divine or human, could conceivably be enough to protect the land while we are using it.

“If we want the land to be cared for, then we must have people living on and from the land who are able and willing to care for it.”

Wendell Berry
“Private Property and the Common Wealth,” 1995