“…To know it and to be willing to take care of it we have to love it.”

Wendell Berry.  Photo by Guy Mendes: http://www.neh.gov/files/news/images/wendellberrybyguymendes.jpg
Wendell Berry. Photo by Guy Mendes: http://www.neh.gov/files/news/images/wendellberrybyguymendes.jpg

One of the main reasons I enjoy reading Wendell Berry’s nonfiction, is that he is a Kentucky farmer who is observing, questioning, and talking about many of the conservation issues that I’m also observing, questioning, and talking about.  But he talks about the human dimension of these issues in soulful, sometimes soul-piercing language; as opposed to the technical aspects discussed in the stale, robotic language of scientific journal articles.  Don’t get me wrong, the journal articles are absolutely critical to science and are written the way they are for objectivity and clarity.  But for the health of my own ‘human dimension’, Berry satisfies a more artistic, spiritual connection to the issues I find myself seeking at the end of the day.

In this lovely interview, Berry eloquently shares his thoughts in gems like this one:

“The world and our life in it are conditional gifts. We have the world to live in it and the use of it to live from–on the condition that we will take good care of it. To take good care of it we have to know it and know how to take care of it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it we have to love it.” –Wendell Berry

See the full interview on “Bill Moyers & Co.” at this link: http://billmoyers.com/segment/wendell-berry-on-his-hopes-for-humanity/

This interview is a treat, in part, because Berry does not appear in video often.  Enjoy.

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