“A culture is not a collection of relics or ornaments, but a practical necessity, and its corruption invokes
calamity. A healthy culture is a communal order of memory, insight, value, work, conviviality, reverence,
aspiration. It reveals the human necessities and the human limits. It clarifies our inescapable bonds to the earth and to each other. It assures that the necessary restraints are observed, that the necessary work is done, and that it is done well.”
From: The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Chapter 4, "The Agricultural Crisis as a
Crisis of Culture" by Wendell Berry.