The subordination characteristic of agrarian life (subordination to the land) is in no way a demeaning subordination, because what we are subordinating ourselves to is the grace of life (rather than some oppressive tyrant).  Humility before the land serves, rather, as the introduction to the the grace of life, a vast and unfathomable world of which we are a part, and so begins our education into a properly creaturely role.

Norman Wirzba