Small Enough to Care About (as opposed to Too Big to Fail)
Odessa, Minnesota- photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
Small Enough to Care About.
There is a scale at which it is possible to make an impact. A scale at which ideas, thoughts, and actions can turn into something changed, good, and tangible. Like our farm- we're going to put a chunk of it into pasture to raise grassfed livestock. The change and good I seek is 1) Meadowlarks return to our corner of the prairie 2) the winter snows won't be covered with black dirt from the blowing soil. (oh and more romatic ideas of flying kites, chasing kids, and watching cows chew their cud in verdant fields)
In small communities it is possible to work together, build a new idea, and see it come to fruition. We have a local food group forming in the county and there are steps forward. I hear a community garden may be planted on a vacant mainstreet lot. Now that is Change You Can Believe In.
What I like about where I lives is that it is small enough to care about.
As for those too big to fail? Somehow I think we will be just fine without them.