Basically, for every six years that we work the land for crops we give the land a year to cool off, regroup and enjoy.
What does the land do for that seventh year? Do the corn stalks and trees get together to drink wine and eat challah?
I interviewed the trees in my back yard but unfortunately they had no comment.
I tried to reach out to the ents of Middle Earth, but alas I was unable to locate the ents or their wives.
The Lorax, who has been retired for years, and was on vacation in the Sahara Desert when I rang. Although his answering machine left a number for his son, the new lord of the trees.
Jr. was quite busy down in Africa, South America and Charlotte, N.C., where trees are flying off the shelves.
I'm not sure the last time that we remembered to take a year off for the trees. Could you imagine what would happen in America if everyone had to give the land a break?
What about the air and our water?
Often on the Internet I find chain emails about boycotting pumping gas for a day, or staying home for work. Even if 100,000 people responded and boycotted or stayed home, that would barely be a blip.
The fact is giving the land a break is just not in our nature. Everyone I know hardly gives themselves a rest, which is supposed to happen once a week.
In order to truly rest we need to turn off our cell phones, unplug our stereos, shutdown our laptops, and tune out.
That is a lot of things to do. And its hard to get away from so many things. With our constant blackberry-ing it's easy to forget to rest and I don't mean passing out on the couch watching sportcenter again.
I say let's get out there and rest. Maybe we can start an online chain mail.
It was remarked that "You can't stop the problems of mass consumerism with more consumerism."
I don't want to go into that, but it suggests that what the world needs now is not more of the same, but rather some good old fashioned rest, respite and 40 winks.
Same goes for the air, the land and the Lorax.