…in the stewardship of humans, there must be a cultural cycle, in harmony with fertility cycle, also continuously turning in place. the cultural cycle is an unending conversation between old people and young people, assuring the survival of local memory, which has, as long as it remains local, the greatest practical urgency and value. this is what is meant, and is all that can be meant, by ‘sustainability.’ the fertility cycle turns by the law of nature. the cultural cycle turns on affection.
— wendell berry, it all turns on affection.