Wendell Berry speaks about the BP oil spill

Some profound words from one of my favorite philosophers, Wendell Berry


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Comment by Connie Weber on June 16, 2010 at 8:02am
Wendell Berry has figured big into my life. Big.
At one point I read all his works straight though. Started with the poetry, then went into the novels. It was at a particularly difficult time for me, and Berry was exquisite medicine, bringing me back to myself.
I'd put Wendell Berry in the league with E.O. Wilson and E.B. White as some of the writers who have influenced me the most.
Ian, thanks for the great interview video.
Let's keep this sort of thing coming on Fireside. Cindy, thanks yet again. You are always sharing such interesting stuff.
Comment by Anna Billings on June 15, 2010 at 11:36am
I like his connection between personal hope and personal (and community) responsibility. That solutions to environmental issues and disasters like the oil spill(s) are within the reach of all of us, not just up to the so-called experts. "To assume that all experiences like that oil well can only be handled by experts at great expense is a mistake, I think.” And that using the word "inevitable" erodes that personal hope that keeps our spirits alive to our personal responsibility.
Comment by cindy fadel on June 14, 2010 at 12:31am
I think you will love Wendell Berry. He is one of the best thinkers I have read. He lives on a farm in Appalachia. He lives a simple life honoring nature. I think he understands better then most here in the US how community is where things must start. He understands that we must bring things back to a community to get passion and relevance. I have used a lot of his wisdom to bring my community into educational transformation. Our educational system is in crisis. That is why I love fireside. The folks on here are the ones who understand where education needs to go.
Comment by Ian Carmichael on June 14, 2010 at 12:21am
I've read the name before (that's all, and it's still all, since I haven't yet played the clip myself!)
I'm in Tasmania, Cindy. I probably wouldn't have bothered checking out the link if it wasn't for the involvement of Karen Armstrong - of whom I am aware, and who I have read parts of!
Comment by cindy fadel on June 14, 2010 at 12:09am
Have you known of Wendell Berry prior to this post? Where are you located, the UK?
The Fetzer institute is quite famous but although I know about the charter for compassion because I follow such things, I don't think it is quite as well known.
Comment by Ian Carmichael on June 14, 2010 at 12:03am
No Cindy, it's just the header crowding in on the video that doesn't please me. I presume the Fireside window isn't sized nicely. Anyway, in following your link to get the clip, I was very impressed to find the fetzer institute and the charter for compassion. Very impressive centres for peace and forgiveness works - it appears. Perhaps they're old hat for US folks, but they're new to me. Viva serendipity. (And don't forget mepeace!)
Comment by cindy fadel on June 13, 2010 at 11:46pm
thank you Ian, Do you mean that the clip you posted is longer?
Comment by Ian Carmichael on June 13, 2010 at 11:43pm
Is the clip below what you were after? You need to grab the embed code and paste it in - I obviously collected a little more!
Comment by Ian Carmichael on June 13, 2010 at 11:41pm
Comment by Connie Weber on June 13, 2010 at 9:16pm
One of my favorites, too

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