Cannot Possibly

We have given up the understanding–dropped it out of our language and so out of our thought–that we and our country create one another, are literally parts of one another; that our land passes in and out of our bodies just as our bodies pass in and out of our land; that as we and our land are part of one another, so all who are living as neighbors here, human and plant and animal, are part of one another, and so cannot possibly flourish alone. 

Wendell Berry
from The Unsettling of America (1977)