The Desacralization of Work

Roger Sworder

To think of untouched nature as perfect is, from the traditional point of view, as mistaken as to think of it as an expendable resource. Nature is neither a goddess to be worshiped from a distance, nor a whore to be used up and dismissed. Nature is the wife of the human genius: together they are to produce their manifold creations to the simultaneous fulfillment of both.

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Originally published as Chapter 6 of Mining, Metallurgy, and the Meaning of Life, 2005. Included in the anthology The Betrayal of Tradition, World Wisdom Books, 2004. Republished here with thanks.