Anyone who has ever seen Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "Oklahoma!" is familiar with the song, "The Farmer and the Cowman," a paean to the idea that those who choose to commit to a particular place can stay friendly with the nomads who flit in and out of their communities. Still, not everyone agrees with the song's theme that the two sides should be friends. Indeed, the switch from nomadic lifestyles to agricultural settlements has always been a contentious one, going back tens of thousands of years as societies on either side of the divide found themselves at war.
The modern equivalent to this tension can be found in the farmer and the trucker, two icons of our culture that represent different approaches to the ideal working life. The farmer is all about a sense of place and permanence. They make a long-term commitment to one spot and they improve and love and guard it, planning for generations. They have a very strong sense of tradition and they are rooted in their community. The trucker moves from place to place, often not seeing their family or home community for months at a time. They are a relatively new creation, being only a hundred years old, though they are the heir to the cattle drivers of days past. Each represents a different way of being that suits one type of person, but would be anathema to the other! Which of the two are you most like? Let's find out!
How do you feel about bad weather?
Can your home community ever feel somewhat suffocating?
What's a good reason to carry on a tradition?
Who is your nemesis?
Can you sleep anywhere?
If you move into a new house, how long does it take you to furnish it?
Do you love to travel?
What do you think of your neighbors?
How many US states have you visited?
Can you speak any languages besides English?
Generally speaking, do you get on with new people?
Would you ever marry someone who had a career that involved moving house more than once a year?
How often do you think about your legacy?
What game do you like to play in the evenings?
Which is the best pet for your lifestyle?
Who do you love very much even though you could gladly go months between visits?
What vacation destination is your idea of hell?
What sort of house do you dream of retiring to?
When you come home after work, what's the first thing you do?
Can you handle shift work?
Do you ever enjoy changing up your lifestyle just for the heck of it?
What sort of dancing do you enjoy most?
How do you normally listen to music?
How much time do you like to spend alone?
Do you know when veggies are in season?
Can you tell when it's going to rain?
What would you like your kids to inherit from you?
If we asked you to sing us a song, which song might we hear first?
How do you feel about the invention of the podcast?
What makes you optimistic for the future?
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