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Humanist Archives: April 15, 2019, 6:57 a.m. Humanist 32.612 - care of quality at every moment

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 612.
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        Date: 2019-04-14 15:39:14+00:00
        From: lachance@chass.utoronto.ca
        Subject: Ecological Perspectives 


Pursuing an old commonplace book, I came across this quotation and thought
(by analogy) about digital humanities and its ecosystem.

Wendell Berry in an essay entitled "Preserving Wildness" collected in
Home Economics makes the case for what may be called an economy
of attentiveness (as opposed to an economy of mere attention).

The good worker loves the board before it becomes a table, loves the tree
before it yields the board, loves the forest before it gives up the tree.
The good worker understands that a badly made artifact is both an insult
to its user and a danger to its source. We could say, then, that good
forestry begins with the respectful husbanding of the forest that we call
stewardship and ends with well-made tables and chairs and houses, just as
good agriculture begins with stewardship of the fields and ends with good

Care of quality at every moment.

Francois Lachance

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