A few years ago I made an effort to eat locally, I made an effort to shop locally, I made an effort to avoid the big box stores. Now I simply eat locally, shop locally, and largely avoid the big box stores. Those choices are no longer conscious choices. They are simply the outcomes of my form of life. I live in an urban neighborhood closer to small shops than big box stores. I have made very little investment in a good car so I avoid driving as much as possible. I find it easier to buy groceries from local farmers than not because I am a member of a local food club and help operate a small urban farm. This is the key to action: to make it unconscious; to change the material conditions so that what one wants is what simply happens.
Ragan Sutterfield (M.Div. Virginia Theological Seminary) is ordained in the Episcopal Church and serves a parish in his native Arkansas. is the author of 'This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit and Deeper Faith', 'Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us',and the small collection of essays 'Farming as a Spiritual Discipline'. Ragan works to live the good life in partnership with his wife Emily and daughters Lillian and Lucia.