He Said That? 12/28/18

From Wendell Berry  (born 1934), American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer, Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food (2009):

Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather, maybe even when it is making them miserable. They love to live where they work and to work where they live. If the scale of their farming is small enough, they like to work in the company of their children and with the help of their children. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide. I have an idea that a lot of farmers have gone to a lot of trouble merely to be self-employed to live at least a part of their lives without a boss.


2 responses to “He Said That? 12/28/18

  1. Wendell Berry has been the calm, humble, reasoned, prophet of our times. If only more people would take the time to read his numerous poems and writings.

    He calls us to become rooted where we are. To “think small” and not globally. To be content in our little niche that God has called us to be in. Then and only then will we be good stewards of what we are given.

    In our materialistic society, where enough is never enough, and the pursuit of
    more things, upward financial mobility, and endless entertainments, has removed us from the good, productive, and hopeful life of committing ourselves to family and the communities in which we live.

    Berry calls us home. To a place dedicated to contentment, good work, and a love of neighbor.


  2. I AM no-body and I Know No thing. MY qualifications are I exist, has well I AM-human, I think? Interestingly, monkeys, as far as I know, do not wright books. Except, the human kind of monkey books. Or, perhaps, off books. Leger’s of legislature, or, perhaps, things we do NOT talk about! “OO”! Or, should not talk about. One never knows exactly how a debt of 21-ish TRILLION in DEBT happened, does one? One never knows how that happened. Except perhaps, if the crime was legal. It may be legal but is it moral?
    The usual suspects, I would assume are the FED and the strings of the purse, I might suggest. Perhaps, it is the top of the pyramided, the self-appointed knower a seer of all things worth plunder, and perhaps rape, pillage and burn the tactic? A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.
    “time to develop a coherent economic strategy”
    I want to be an Air Born Ranger. I want to live a life od danger. Except perhaps, if there was a better way to do it than jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I think. There IS. Yet a few Rangers would not hurt. But,,, you will have to wear cowboy hats. It will be a rule. It will be law. Perhaps Camo “O”, but hat would be wrong, wouldn’t it? I think red would be nice color, don’t you think?
    7 In building the temple, only blocks dressed at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built. (“the gateway to the bible”) 1 kings six. I AM with you. I AM the messenger and you will choose your God. I AM pretty sure of that. I could be wrong. But I do not think so.
    I want to be head of the FED, then we will see which FED will be cut, perhaps the head? If I could dress down the economy of the well-dressed? Would the well dressed be the economy? And, what of the rest? Less?
    Soylent Green. Speaks for itself. Does it not? We want to return to future where we began, don’t we? The intelligence question again, IQ? Who will tell? The question of intelligence? Are you more or less, do you suffer like the rest? A hammer to the head and the cicle to the shaft. The commune with nature it does, yet does nature commune? Does it serve another purpose? The purpose may be the true beginning and not the end, what purpose we will see.
    Before we end, a question. What is the image of man, which God created in his own image? I AM pretty sure you do not know. I could be wrong. However, the image is the man, is it not? And you girls too, that need 4 inch spiked heels and blush, need I mention stockings? Men of measurement will attest to the fact image is everything. Will they not? And you girls? What will you do? Perhaps put on a little blush? Perhaps, 4 inch spiked heels? It is the image of man as you should know, I imagine. Gods gift of desire, you never imagined, did you notice the attraction? It has purpose. There are some among you that will carry on.
    Joe X

    Day two, “-O-O-” Looky here. I think my qualification s-peak for themselves, I should be head of the FED which I shall be-head that is red. Or perhaps that that is Keynesian Easing quantitatively speaking for those that can no longer speak for themselves, if you know what I mean. I shall speak of a quantity that was easy to remove for the books. If you know what I mean, obviously, in a mean way. I shall redistribute some wealth, presumably theirs that was ours. Too, the needy will be lack of want. That we will be richer. A legitimate government is of the people, all of them.
    Dust to dust and ashes to ashes, who do you trust?
    Joe X


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