Sep 192016

If you can read this, thank a teacher. We’ve all heard that one. We’ve likely all read it it. If you were born – and who reading this wasn’t? – especially if you were born after 1973 and post Roe vs. Wade, thank your mother. If you are home schooled, thank your mother for both.

If you value freedom, you should thank a veteran. All veterans. That is to say, any veteran. Any one who served deserves our thanks. Any one who fought, and especially anyone who fell, should never be forgotten.

Surely someone taught us to read, so we should thank those who teach others to read. Undoubtedly we are all here because our mothers bore us. Thank you mothers. And if veterans had not been willing to fight and die to preserve our freedoms, we would not still have those freedoms. Never forget.

There is another slogan similar to those above. If you ate today, thank a farmer. But that doesn’t seem right at all. We don’t owe a debt of gratitude to farmers if we ate today, we owe them a debt of gratitude if we have ever eaten. At all. At any time.

Without farmers, we wouldn’t have our daily bread. But we need our daily bread every day. That’s why it’s daily bread and not just today’s bread. It isn’t just bread, either.

It doesn’t matter if you are vegan or a paleo carnivore. A gourmet or a gourmand. A fast food aficionado or gluten free. All natural, no preservatives, no artificial flavors and no preservatives or a connoisseur of overly processed snacks. If you eat, it’s because a farmer raised it.

Even babies who are breast fed wouldn’t eat without farmers. Moms have to eat, too.

I suppose if you are completely self sufficient, growing all of your own food in your isolated bunker where you hope to live out the coming zombie apocalypse, market meltdown, energy crisis, alien invasion, nuclear attack or what ever paranoid doomsday you fear, you can just thank yourself. But you probably are off the grid, off line, and will never see this anyway.

For the rest of us, Winston Churchill’s words uttered in a different context come to mind. Never was so much owed by so many to so few. Of course, he was referring to the Royal Air Force and their efforts in the Battle of Britain and an unprecedented situation in the history of conflict, not a basic necessity of human survival.

I’m certain Winston Churchill never imagined the agricultural conditions of early twenty-first century America, where a sizable percentage of the population thinks food comes from the grocery store just electricity comes from the light switch. A place where zero-order thinking prevails.

Hopefully, you are not one of these people.

Who do you think of for your daily bread? When next you express thanks and bless your food, think of those who, by the help and grace of God, provided it, and bless them as well.

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