As philosophers, we search below our feet because our generation has lost its grounding in both soil and virtue.

By virtue, we mean that shape, order and direction of action informed by tradition, bounded by place, and qualified by choices made within the habitual reach of the actor; we mean practice mutually recognised as being good within a shared local culture which enhances the memories of a place.

We note that such virtue is traditionally found in labour, craft, dwelling and suffering supported, not by an abstract Earth, environment or energy system, but by the particular soil these very ...


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