I just joined as a freelancer on Elance.com and while trying it out (I haven’t had a client yet) I realised this whole setup contradicts Wendell Berry’s vision of keeping things local as much as possible. Even so, I joined because it occurred to me that not to do so was to tread the path towards obsolescence.
But we must begin by giving up any idea that we can bring about these healings without fundamental changes in the way we think and live. We face a choice that is starkingly simple: we must change or be changed. If we fail to change for the better, then we will be changed for the worse.
– Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community, p. 12
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The true source and analogue of our economic life is the economy of plants, which never exceeds natural limits, never grows beyond the power of its place to support it, produces no waste, and enriches and preserves itself by death and decay. WE MUST LEARN TO GROW LIKE A TREE, NOT LIKE A FIRE. We must repudiate … “the ideology of the cancer cell”: the idiotic ideology of “unlimited economic growth” that pushes blindly toward the limitation of massive catastrophe.
– Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community [Emphasis added]
[Farmers] must tend farms that they know and love, farms small enough to know and love, using tools and methods that they know and love, in the company of neighbors that they know and love.
Wendell Berry, What Are People For?, p. 210
You can change this to read: “Lawyers must tend law practices that they know and love, law practices small enough to know and love, using tools and methods that they know and love, in the company of clients, fellow lawyers and co-workers that they know and love.” Or: “Pastors must tend churches that they know and love, churches small enough to know and love, using tools and methods that they know and love, in the company of church members that they know and love.”