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I have enjoyed Berry's poetry for years with no awareness of his essays or his activism--
activism in behalf of peace, community, the planet, and humanity,


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Sep. 30th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
But, gee, aren't you disapproving of activism now?
Sep. 30th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
There are different kinds of action.
Just as there are probably different kinds of non-action.
Someone said that talking about non-violence when you mean ahimsa is like talking about "non-hate" when you mean love.

I admire people who "make statements" approving of things i approve of. I like them to do it quietly, honestly, openly, with love. If there is to be a fight, i would prefer to be on the defensive (another Taoist teaching which i did not understand for a very long time).

Action which is tainted by the tactics of the enemy are frought with dangers more moral than physical. Actions which resist evil without doing evil are tricky, which is probably the reason for the teaching: "resist not evil, but repay evil with good."

My problem is that when i get involved in an issue, i tend to ignore the above, returning slander with angry truths, hating those who hate me, throwing money to places i would prefer not to throw it because someone else is throwing money at projects which will hurt people and the planet. By contrast, Berry's activism seems measured, sensible, carefully and well placed.
Sep. 30th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
that's interesting. i mainly know him for the latter.

next, the whole monky thing. not sure, but i believe he currently concerns himself with a sustainable farm, including raising meat, btw.

oddly, today i accidentally picked up picked up some notes i had made on Rumi a few years ago, the ONLY notes i've EVER made on rumi. that made me think of you. just a coincidence though.
Sep. 30th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
"the whole monky thing"
Hmmm? as in religious order "monk"? I know he's a Baptist.

I believe he has been a "working farmer" since 1965. Just exactly how much farm work he does with all his writing and speaking and protesting, i could not say.
Oct. 1st, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: "the whole monky thing"
monky - yes - or maybe i am confusing him w/ another - having migraine
Oct. 1st, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Wendell Berry is my hero. He says everything I believe, but eloquently.
Oct. 1st, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Read his The Hidden Wound. Everyone in America should read this!
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