Appreciated this article from The Front Porch.

The author contrasts the vision of conquest with the vision of contentment. He does this by contrasting US President John Kennedy’s “moon speech” with the agrarian John Crowe Ransom’s thoughts on industrialization.

Conquest is tied to achievement, tearing down boundaries, and the justification of loving one’s neighbour.

Settlement is tied to harmony, ease, contentment, and living within limits.

While I’m more drawn to the vision of contentment painted by Ransom, it seems to me that the best option is to redefine what is meant by both categories and then to balance them.

The biblical vision, it seems, is a balance between work and rest. Achieving and being satisfied are tied together, not to be separated in this life.