It is often on my mind. Whenever I think about healthful food that’s not only good for me but good for the planet, like vegetables grown without chemicals and animals raised (as well as killed) humanely, it comes to mind. When I see the woods I grew up exploring being leveled and replaced with McMansions, I think wistfully of it. The idea tempts me as I look at the world I hope one day to be raising children in. Filth pours from radios, tv and movie screens and that barely compares to what’s out there for kids to find on the internet. A comic in today’s paper made the point that all teens draw away from their parents; it’s just that no other generation has had the technology to do it in plain sight. This disturbs me on several levels.

I know you can’t keep your children locked away in a tower but still… still, I find the idea of a small Mormon farming community somewhere out there, in touch with the rythms of the earth, with smaller, less rushed and stressed communities and a large, well-knit LDS populace (something I’ve never experienced) to be very attractive.

I mean, why not? We’re supposed to be good stewards, right? We don’t necessarily have to wear black and shun buttons, but wouldn’t a simpler, more sustainable life be better not only for the planet but for human relations?

I love my internet, that’s why not. I can’t really imagine living in a small farmhouse in the middle of nowhere without the ability to communicate with so many different people from such far away places. TV may underwhelm but there are notable exceptions, like “Joan of Arcadia” (I still think it’s a travesty that they cancelled it for pulling in the wrong viewers). There are other things I’m rather attached to in modern life as well, such as indoor plumbing and electic/gas-powered stoves, refrigerators and microwaves.

I wonder if it may not be possible to combine the best of both worlds, like Amish farming practices and high-speed internet or Feminist Mormon Houswives and quilting bees. It sounds lovely to me.

How about you?