Douglas Coupland wrote, “You see, when you’re middle class, you have to live with the fact that history will ignore you. You have to live with the fact that history can never champion your causes and that history will never feel sorry for you. It is the price that is paid for day-to-day comfort and silence. And because of this price, all happinesses are sterile; all sadnesses go unpitied.”
We are the disappearing middle class, to us there is no connection between our plates and microwaves to the farmer’s field or slaughter houses. While this sad statement tethers us to the sterility of our daily lives and eating habits it also gives us the luxury to make a difference if even for a fleeting moment of self recognition. Since suburban ordinances restrict us from growing our own food and keep the farmer from processing theirs we can take an objective look at our relationship to our community and the environment that surrounds us. First through understanding, then through conscious thinking. We may not be able to solve the worlds problems but we no longer have to support them.