Shmita is about Creation (specifically), and creation (generally). Everything about how we implement the shmita year, about the practices we question or don’t understand, needs to root back to that theme. The shmita year isn’t about obsessively keeping yourself off the land. And it isn’t about letting the land die. It’s about the joy of rest (for you and the land alike) after six periods of hard work. It’s, at the very least, about treating the seventh period differently than the other six.