Wendell Berry (passed away 2015) was a farmer, environmentalist, academic, prophet, prolific writer, Christian, who wrote into the heart of America’s (and the world’s) environmental crisis. To be honest, any of his books are worth reading. And even though some of them might have been written a few years ago, they still ring true. Below is a snippet from some of his writings.
Our Only World – Ten Essays (2015)
If we are to continue to respect ourselves as human beings, we have got to do all we can to slow and then stop the fossil fuel economy. We must understand that fossil fuel energy must be replaced, not just by “clean” energy, but by less energy. If we are not in favour of limiting the use of energy, starting with our own use of it, we are not serious.
Remembering – A Novel (2008)
This short, intensely lyrical novel celebrates ‘the hope and dream of membership’ in a community of friends and relations, all of whom share in each other’s past and in their respect for nature.
A Timbered Choir (1998)
A bird the size
of a leaf fills
the whole lucid
his note, and flies
(One of the Sabbath poems in this collection spanning 20 years)
It all Turns on Affection (2012)
“… citizens who by their gifts are exceptional will not shirk the most humble services.”
“That was hard work. Wasn’t any way you could do it keep it from being hard. But you wouldn’t believe the fun we had.”
Bringing it To the table – On Farming and Food (2009)
“The proper answer to the spiritual calling becomes, in turn, the proper fulfilment of physical need.”
the art of the commonplace – The Agrarian Essays Of Wendell Berry (2002)
“To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.”
“The natural forces that so threaten us are the same forces that preserve and heal us.”
Standing By Words (1983)
“If we fail to do what is required and if we do what is forbidden, we exclude ourselves from the mercy of Nature; we destroy our place, or we are exiled from it.”
What are people for? (1990,2010)
“The grace that is the health of creatures can only be held in common. In healing the scattered members come together.
The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more, no less.”
The Gift of Good Land (1981)
“the ability to accept and live within limits; to resist greed and pride”
“I wish to deal with my own long held belief that Christianity…is not earthly enough!”