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Wendell Berry and His Hope for Humanity

By Jim Carey

Wendell Berry, America’s Poet Laureate, has become an outspoken advocate for revolution. He urges action as he mourns how America has turned its back on the land and rejected Jeffersonian principles of respect for the environment and sustainable agriculture. Berry warns, “People who own the world outright for profit will have to be stopped—by influence, by power, by us.”

Occupy San Miguel
Bill Moyers Presents
Wendell Berry and His Hope for Humanity
Mon, Jun 22, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15, Centro

In a rare television interview with Bill Moyers, this visionary, author, and farmer discusses a sensible but no-compromise plan to save the Earth. This one-on-one conversation was taped at Kentucky’s St. Catharine College during a two-day conference celebrating Wendell Berry’s life and ideas and marking the 35th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, The Unsettling of America.

He tells us: “The two great aims of industrialism—replacement of people by technology and the concentration of wealth into the hands of a small plutocracy—seem close to fulfillment. Industrialism has failed to sustain the health and stability of human society. Among its characteristic signs are destroyed communities, neighborhoods, families, small businesses, and small farms. It has failed just as conspicuously and more dangerously to conserve the wealth and health of nature.

“No amount of fiddling with capitalism to regulate and humanize it, no pointless rhetoric on the virtues of capitalism or socialism, no billions or trillions spent on “defense” of the “American dream” can for long disguise this failure. The evidences of it are everywhere: eroded, wasted, or degraded soils; damaged or destroyed ecosystems; extinction of species; whole landscapes defaced, gouged, flooded, or blown up; pollution of the whole atmosphere and of the water cycle; “dead zones” in the coastal waters; thoughtless squandering of fossil fuels and fossil waters, of mineable minerals and ores; natural health and beauty replaced by a heartless and sickening ugliness. Perhaps its greatest success is an astounding increase in the destructiveness and therefore the profitability of war.”

Now, reasonably, many of us are thinking about the problem of sustainability. It requires that there must be a cultural cycle, an unending conversation between old people and young people. We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.

Monday, OccupySMA invites you to join in the discussion. The film is 40 minutes. It’s free.


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