Visitors to Homestead Heritage often ask questions such as: “In the context of modern, fast-paced, mass-produced culture, why choose to live an agrarian-based lifestyle?” and, “Why pursue traditional crafts?” In answering these questions, this book shares details about our everyday lives in community, showing how the agrarian context and the crafts provide a framework for family life, for the education of our children, for our choice of livelihoods and for our shared communal activities. This framework furthers the goal of developing a sustainable culture—a culture that enables us to provide the essentials of life for ourselves and that preserves the traditional values that nurture caring relationships within families, between the generations and between all members of the community.
The Human Dimension of Sustainable Culture
Kay Toombs is associate professor emerita of philosophy at Baylor University in Texas. In her work she explores the ways in which contemporary values and the context in which we live our lives impact our efforts to develop a sustainable culture and to form caring communities. In her work related to illness, disability and healthcare, she combines her training in philosophy with her experience of living with neurological disease (multiple sclerosis) to reflect on the experience of illness and disability, the care of the chronically and terminally ill, the relationship between health care professionals and patients, and the meaning of suffering and healing, both in the context of Western culture and within the context of intentional Christian community.