When John Maynard Keynes wrote, "Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking," and James Joyce wrote, deep in the innards of Ulysses, "that the language question should take precedence of the economic question," they put their fingers on one of the great wounds of the modern era: We need to discover ways of thinking and speaking that can put economics in its place. In our devotion to money, market, and machine, we are destroying not only the fertility of the soil, but the fertility of our imaginations. What is, in the farmer's field, a struggle between economics and ecology becomes, in the investor's mind, a struggle between quantity and quality, portfolios and possibilities, numbers and words.
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After the Age of Economics must come the Age of Poetry.
There would be two post-economic poetries.
The first would be a poetry of common sense and humor. The second would be a poetry of imagination and humus.
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