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Ms Tippett, I agree with your assessment that Ms. Kingsolver's lifestyle is simply not achievable by most of the world. We are all gifted with specific talents and abilities. It is one of the miracles of our society that we are able to each specialize in jobs that maximize those talents and abilities, and specifically that we are not all forced to try and feed ourselves directly. It is this specialization that has removed uncountable amounts of human suffering.

That Ms Kingsolver gets joy out of her lifestyle is sufficient for her to live in it. But if it were to be imposed on the entire world, we would reintroduce all of the human suffering that specialization had removed.

I would like to recommend a podcast that specifically talks about the values that come from division of labor and specialization:

There are many other podcasts from that source that are informative to this topic.