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A Continuous Harmony: Essays Cultural and Agricultural

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The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. "It seemed to me," Horenbein wrote, "that here ... Show synopsis

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Benjamin

Discipline and Hope as Complimentary

by Benjamin on Apr 3, 2007

Reading Wendell Berry's second collection of essays over thirty years later is an instructive and sobering experience. While there is much to cheer and encourage the attentive reader, as there always is in Berry, with hindsight we can see how little our society has taken his exhortations to heart. While environmentalism as a movement has perhaps heigtened the consciousness of America to the dangers Berry warns about, it is sad to see how far afield we still are. This is especially painfully realized by the reader who has read also Berry's recent essay "In Distrust of Movements" from "Citizenship Papers." Having covered that ground, it is time again to adopt anew Berry's life-respecting ideas. "Think Small" is rightly lauded in this increasingly globalized society, but the careful reader would do well to meditate on "Discipline and Hope." In this age of politicians writing and speaking on such inane topics as "The Audacity of Hope," Berry reminds us again that hope is pointless apart from great discipline. This could be environmental discipline, the discipline that comes with immersing yourself in a community and its future and tradition, or even the spiritual disciplines of religion. These disciplines come together and react with one another in Berry, encouraging the reader to live in a continuous harmony.

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