The peasant is generally conservative; he is so, as it were, from experience, for he knows—but how many still know it?—that the life of nature depends on the constant self-renewal of an equilibrium of innumerable mutually interconnected forces, and that one cannot alter any element of this equilibrium without dragging the whole along with it.
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Originally published in The Essential Titus Burckhardt, ed. by William Stoddart, World Wisdom, 2003. Republished here with thanks.