Fertile Earth – How Do We Become Good Ancestors? Report.


The magazine Fertile Earth tries to get to the ‘inside of things’. In the last issue there was a report by pilgrim Herman Heijstek about his Walk of Wisdom. Meer.

Fertile Earth cover Elysian Fields by Siemen Dijkstra
Fertile Earth cover Elysian Fields by Siemen Dijkstra

The overarching theme of this issue of Fertile Earth was how do we become good ancestors? A question that the English philosopher Roman Krznaric recently asked in his book of the same name. Krznaric appeals to the best of the human being who has shown in history that he is capable of thinking ahead, beyond the shadow of his own generation. From pyramids to cathedrals or the welfare state, we as humanity can work towards a future that transcends ourselves. With the same horizon, we can make our society sustainable, says Krznaric. Now living as a good ancestor for seven generations to come.

A nice way of thinking. Our freedom is linked to our connectedness. Only thanks to everything that generations have built up before us can we live in the prosperity we grew up with in the Netherlands. Thanks to the food that people elsewhere sow and harvest for us, thanks to nature that converts the sun’s energy into edible matter, we can exist. Let’s try to contribute something good so that the web of life becomes stronger.

Read the article by Herman Heijstek. This is not so much about good ancestry, but about “slowing down”.