The rural roots of personal identity and community have been cut off.
Our heritage is disappearing. A way of life and livelihood is disappearing. Knowledge of skills is disappearing. Self reliance is disappearing. Family farms are disappearing. People live huddled in crowded cities. They have have lost their connection to the land, and our heritage is disappearing.
A way of life and livelihood is disappearing. Heritage songs and stories carry information and ideas about life and living and shared customs. The traditions and memories passed on from parents to children about rural life is ending with this generation. Modern urban dwellers have no reference to farming, raising livestock or living close to nature so the language, songs, dress, customs and values of agricultural communities is fading.
Self reliance is disappearing. The memories of living close to the land and the ideas on how to do things are forgotten by modern society. The songs, recipes, language, dances, and many other elements of who we are and how we identify ourselves is changing. We are no longer connected with the soil and and our personal identity and communities have lost their rural roots.
Heirloom fruits and vegetables are disappearing. Heritage operates at the local level in community. Regional foods and crafts that once were identified with a particular area have no standing in the global market. Diversity has been replaced with a monoculture controlled by corporate interests.
Heritage is an essential part of the present we live in and of the future we will build. Preservation of important historical buildings and archaeological sites should be the subject of active public discussion. Protecting local resources can be an element of urban and regional planning and has the potential for local economic development.
The invisible or intangible practices of heritage, such as language, culture, popular song, literature or dress, are important in helping us to understand who we are. Contemporary activities and behaviors today will determine personal and community identity in the future. Individuals, groups and communities should be aware of what importance heritage plays in public life. Heritage is a contemporary activity with far-reaching effects. What heritage do we leave our heirs?
Think about where your stuff comes from the next time you head off to the local mega store or the GMO supermarket. Shop local, buy local.
Happy Trails, Dohn