HOW TO PRACTICE RESURRECTION & EARTH DAY . . . EVERY DAY
~ Text by Wendell Berry ~
Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay.
Want more of everything made.
Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery any more.
Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know. . .
So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute.
Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium.
Plant sequoias. . .
Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees
every thousand years. . .
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. . .
As soon as the generals and politicos can predict the motions
of your mind, lose it.
Leave it as a sign to mark the false trail, the way you didn’t go.
Be like the fox who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
(photo source unknown)
Excerpts from the poem ~ Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front ~
by Wendell Berry
photo credit – Guy Mendes, Wikipedia
Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934) is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.
According to him, the good life includes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, healthy rural communities, connection to place, the pleasures of good food, husbandry, good work, local economics, the miracle of life, fidelity, frugality, reverence, and the interconnectedness of life. The threats Berry finds to this good simple life include: industrial farming and the industrialization of life, ignorance, hubris, greed, violence against others and against the natural world, the eroding topsoil in the United States, global economics, and environmental destruction.
Berry, who describes himself as “a person who takes the Gospel seriously,” has criticized Christian organizations for failing to challenge cultural complacency about environmental degradation, and has shown a willingness to criticize what he perceives as the arrogance of some Christians. He is an advocate of Christian pacifism. (Source – Wikipedia)
~ Happy Easter to All ~