ALL of society depends on the food producers, the farmers, the fishermen, the hunters to provide more food than they can eat.
The whole system is like a huge upside down pyramid, balanced on the tip, the farmer and the fisherman. Compare the number of people eating with the number producing the basic food and you see the enormous number of people each producer supports.
There would be no religion, no drama, no music, no television, no cars, no government, no armies, no teachers, no ANYBODY without the farmer, fisherman. What if every day we had to go raise or harvest our own food for the day. There would be no time for anything else.
Who is the most important person to society? The president, the head of state, the Pope, the spiritual leaders, Arnold Swartzenegger? They don't give us a bite to eat. Yet, they run things.
The real rulers of the world ought to be the guys in the hip boots and the bib overalls. They have us all where it hurts, the throat. If they shut off the food, we must beg them to help us.
Bill Gates the richest man in the country? What does he do for me? He controls the companies that control the companies that make and run my computer. Thanks, Bill, but at supper time, I shut off the computer and go to the dining room, and, what do I do? Write a journal? NO. I EAT. Real food. Fruit, grain, meat, fish. Not from Bill Gates, but from Mike Yurosek, who plants carrots enough for everyone who likes those yuccky things, and Chuck Gronish, almond grower.
Never heard of Mike Yurosek or Chuck Gronish? Of all he people I know, of all the people I have known in this lifetime, they are the only farmers I can think of that I have known. That's upside down, isn't it?
Personal note: I just remembered. Mark, down the hall, is a retired farmer. I must go and thank him. He will wonder what for.