A profound distinction, in my view, between a sum of parts and a sum of gifts. And does this just apply to a country or a farm? Perhaps you could say the same for a culture, a community, or a person.
Wise Antoine has nailed it again.
A country – or a farm – is not the sum of its parts. It is the sum of its gifts.
Source: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, trans. by Lewis Galantière (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961), p. 159
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