Our Only World: Ten Essays

Our Only World Ten Essays As the United States prepares to leave its long war in Afghanistan it now must contemplate the necessity of sending troops back to Iraq recalling General Colin Powell s advice to President Bush If y

  • Title: Our Only World: Ten Essays
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781619024885
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As the United States prepares to leave its long war in Afghanistan, it now must contemplate the necessity of sending troops back to Iraq, recalling General Colin Powell s advice to President Bush If you break it, you own it, asthe world s hot spots threaten to spread over the globe with the ferocity of a war of holy terror and desperation.The planet s environmental probAs the United States prepares to leave its long war in Afghanistan, it now must contemplate the necessity of sending troops back to Iraq, recalling General Colin Powell s advice to President Bush If you break it, you own it, asthe world s hot spots threaten to spread over the globe with the ferocity of a war of holy terror and desperation.The planet s environmental problems respect no national boundaries From soil erosion and population displacement to climate change and failed energy policies, American governing classes are paid by corporations to pretend that debate is the only democratic necessity and that solutions are capable of withstanding endless delay Late Capitalism goes about its business of finishing off the planet And we citizens are left with a shell of what was once proudly described as The American Dream.In this new collection of eleven essays, Berry confronts head on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require For than fifty years we ve had no better spokesman and no eloquent advocate for the planet, for our families, and for the future of our children and ourselves.

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    1. Wendell Berry

      Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm The New York Times has called Berry the prophet of rural America.

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    1. “Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun.” Clifford GeertzLocal economies local communities, even local families, in which people lived and worked as members, have been broken. Wendell BerryKoyaanisqatsi (a Hopi word meaning 'life out of balance.') (and the name of a wordless film about local and interdependent world ecosystems)I feel like I’ve known Wendell Berry most of my life: organic farmer, poet, essayist, teacher. In our present and ongoing environment [...]

    2. So much for the comforting post-Trump reading thing I'd love to be able to "deal" with Wendell Berry in some way, to put him in some kind of handy mental box so I wouldn't have to really reckon with what he's saying in this book and others. I mean, shit, he's an octogenarian Christian farmer named "Wendell" and he's from Kentucky Shouldn't be too difficult, right? Yet something about Berry refuses to be written off. He criticizes our postmodern, postindustrial, hyper-scientific, violence-ridden [...]

    3. In the first essay, he criticizes classifying nature. Classification started with Aristotle, and we owe him much for it. All of the scientists I encounter love the plants and animals they study.Berry speaks of the "scientific-industrial culture." I agree that we have used our "natural resources" abysmally.In the second essay he compares the violence of the Boston Marathon bombing with human violence on nature. I see his point, but such comparisons are risky.The third essay conveys the need for g [...]

    4. How do you review Wendell Berry? It's Wendell Berry, for Pete's sake.That saidis is, subject-matter-wise, mostly about Berry's convictions on land use. Not that you can't pull many other ideas out of the ways that we think about crops and forestry, fishing and pollution, and, more generally, how our collective attitude or apathy towards these things is hurting ourselves, other people, and the earth under our feet. But if direct talk on those subjects doesn't interest you, you would probably enjo [...]

    5. Wendell Berry has done more to reshape the geography and landscape of my thinking over the last 10 years, whether his writing comes in the form of poetry, fiction or, as in this case, essays. I also heard Mr. Berry speak at Duke Divinity School of Theology about 8 years ago. The convocation was called "Our Daily Bread". In one setting, Wendell and his good friend, Wes Jackson, sat on stage and had a "conversation" (with all of us listening in) on the topics discussed in this book, "Our Only Worl [...]

    6. I like this very much. Someone who isn't afraid to tell the truth the way it is but also having the ability to be tactful about it, that is a rare quality these days but It was managed here .

    7. As always Wendell Berry is thinking outside the lines and coming up with ideas that we all would be well advised to ponder. His description of the importance of knowing the land is one example. It's not good enough to just know and study forests, one should study and walk through and really get to know A forest in all its variety and mini ecosystems. Each forest is unique in its layout and parts, we can only understand that through truly being in it over many years. "This is why it is important [...]

    8. Quintessential Berry, these essays are defiantly critical of the capitalist industrial complex while remaining ever hopeful. The careful chapter detailing healthy logging is worth the book. ✊

    9. I disagree pretty strongly with a lot but I loved reading this. I was trying to figure out his politics and then perfectly inserted was an essay on what he sees as the problems with both the left and the right. He is some sort of conservative agrarian but somehow also quite left-wing reminds me maybe of Tolkien.I always thought in the classic Federalists vs. Antifederalists I would side hard with the Jeffersonians, but now I’m not so sure. Maybe I would side with Hamilton against Berry. Either [...]

    10. I feel like a clod giving this collection of thoughtful essays two stars, but man it was repetitive and depressing. That's not to say that we don't need Berry's prophet-in-the-wilderness polemic because I think we do. It's just hard to read a short collection of long-winded writing about the terrible things we've done to the land by becoming industrialized. Did we have a choice? That's always pitched as progress and I don't know too many people that are anti-progress, especially when it means fe [...]

    11. I didn't always like what I read, but I couldn't deny its truth most of the time. Berry's focus is the present need for smarter farming and living and a focus on the local efforts that have to be the catalyst for these better ways of using and conserving our land.

    12. "Do what needs doing today, tomorrow will take care of itself." I had some reservations going into this book after finding the author, Wendell Berry, listed in one of Nick Offerman's books. So I grabbed one of the two books that was on the bookshelves at the local bookstore and I can say I wasn't disappointed. Mr. Berry has some of the best common sense I have come across in decades. Reading his book reminds me of talking with some of the older folks back home in Kentucky. I think our world has [...]

    13. Wendell Berry is one of my favorite human beings on this planet. He lives and writes--quite beautifully, I might add--in the wilds of eastern Kentucky, where he owns and operates a farm. Berry's observations about 'industrial life' are insightful. Are we happier, are we healthier, now that we've become so modernized? Industrialization, he believes, is a form of violence directed against our planet, and against the people who live in communities that have been violated by 'bigger, better, faster, [...]

    14. Wendell Berry is one of our most important living writers. I say this as an individual and with my own limited authority: having lived a good many years, seen much of the world and read a significant amount of Berry's works. One of the most important essays written in modern times is Berry's The Way of Ignorance, written as an argument for humility and caution in the face of a worldly progress that so often leads to mistaken ends. Berry continues on this same theme in his new collection of essay [...]

    15. Brilliant and accessible essays about energy, agriculture, land preservation, and other urgent matters that face "our only world." It was sobering and enlightening. I loved this collection.

    16. At once simple, practical, and profound; alarming and reassuring. Why haven't I heard of the Fifty Year Farm Bill before? Not too much in the national news? So many quotes, I can't include them all, but two of my favorite passages follows: If I were one of a homosexual couple, the same as I am one of a heterosexual couple, I would place my faith and hope in the mercy of Christ, not in the judgment of Christians. Condemnation by category is the lowest form of hatred, for it is cold-hearted and ab [...]

    17. As a writer, Wendell Berry is many things: novelist, environmental historian, poet, essayist, and philosopher. As this new collection of essays and speeches illustrates, the tie that binds these together is a deep seated love of the earth. He’s no tree-hugging sentimentalist, though; his is a love rooted in a particular time and place, embracing not just the natural world but the community of people who live on and work the land. Work is in fact one of his central themes, as he explains how ou [...]

    18. Wendell Berry is getting more radical and more specific in his essays. There are deep and rich ideas running through this collection, and a great deal of timely insight, but as a long-time reader of Berry, I didn't find this collection as moving as others like "What Are People For?" or "Home Economics." I don't know if it's fair to compare this collection to those, as its arguments are more targeted and its terrain more directly tied to land use and farming policy. But I'm fairly familiar with h [...]

    19. I love Wendell Berry. I read his words and it's like I'm seeing the world in a way that is how God intended it to be-- where we are good stewards of this planet, where our priorities are into order, where we care for ourselves and all creation well, and where things are beautiful and thriving. These essays are great ones, and they're a much needed reminder to be intentional about how I live and to advocate for this one and only world we have around us. Grateful for these words, and for the gentl [...]

    20. Sometimes I get weary of Wendell Berry's curmudgeonly, Luddite shtick and his general sense that this is the worst generation in all time (which reveals, in my mind, a serious historical amnesia). But, there were some thoughtful pieces here. And I was especially impressed by his carefully reasoned arguments regarding abortion and gay marriage, which I frankly was not expecting.

    21. I should have picked up Wendell Berry a long time ago. He brings to mind Barbara Kingsolver for his conservationist thoughts and Annie Dillard for some of his spiritual musings. And his politics are interesting, not all stuff I agree with, but definitely stuff I can appreciate. And stuff that is encouraging, especially in our society.

    22. Ultimately, I did not like this book, although its ten essays are less than 200 pages in total so this book is mercifully short.  The reason I disliked the book so much was the way the author was unaware of how contradictory his worldview was in his failure to see sin as a type of the pollution he hates so much [1].  On the one hand, the author writes with a great deal of the moral outrage of the progressive environmentalist who decries the physical and economic destruction of small town and r [...]

    23. The ten essays in this book are below, including some quick notes on each.1. Paragraphs from a Notebook - argument for a less analytic, more holistic point of view incorporating faith and connection in all of our endeavors2. The Commerce of Violence - devaluation of life has consequences3. A Forest Conversation - sustainable forestry4. Local Economies to Save the Land and the People - ultimate reality is not central and not political. Local economies need to (re)develop based on their local ecol [...]

    24. This is a book to be read slowly, over years, so dense is the wisdom it contains. Wendell Berry writes with clarity and simplicity about the mounting danger to our land through over-consumption and lazy farming practices.

    25. Everybody should read this book. But then, I think everybody should read every Wendell Berry book. I already have plans for Christmas gifts

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