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What I Stand On Volumes 1 2 [PDF / EPUB] What I Stand On Volumes 1 2 Wendell Berry b 1934 is a writer whose life's work has been dedicated to what I value most in the world the life and health of the earth the peacefulness of human communities and households In essays Stand On eBook ✓ Wendell Berry b is a writer whose life's work has been dedicated to what I value most in the world the life and health What I eBook Á of the earth the peacefulness of human communities and households In essays both deeply personal and powerfully polemical Berry speaks for a culture of stewardship I Stand On Volumes 1 PDF/EPUB ² and I Stand On MOBI õ husbandry for the welfare of rural people often forgotten and marginalized and for the vital role of sustainable farming in preserving the planet as well as I Stand On Volumes 1 PDF/EPUB ² our national character Berry's writing combines the authority and wisdom of experience—he has lived on and farmed a hilly acreage in Henry County Kentucky on sustainable principles for than half a century—with the grace and clarity of a great American prose stylistIn this two volume edition such landmark books as The Unsettling of America and Life Is a Miracle are included in full along with generous selections from than a dozen other volumes revealing as never before the evolution of Berry's thoughts and concerns as a farmer neighbor citizen teacher activist and ecological philosopher Throughout he demonstrates that our existence is always connected to the land and that even in a modern global economy local farming is essential to the flourishing of our culture to healthy living and stable communities and indeed to the continuing survival of the human species Berry's essays remain timely even urgent today and will resonate with anyone interested in our relationship to the natural world and especially with a younger politically engaged generation invested in the future welfare of the planet.

  • Hardcover
  • 1650 pages
  • What I Stand On Volumes 1 2
  • Wendell Berry
  • English
  • 27 September 2016
  • 9781598536102

About the Author: Wendell Berry

Stand On eBook ✓ Wendell Berry is a conservationist farmer essayist novelist professor of English and poet He was born August in Henry County Kentucky where he What I eBook Á now lives on a farm The New York Times has called Berry the prophet of rural America.

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  1. says:

    Ordered and waiting for publishing

  2. says:

    Everyday life seems to be growing ever busier and intrusive Modern technology has eroded our privacy and its deluge of data streams distracts and overwhelms us with a lot of useless even harmful “information” As but one of many conseuences most of us have lost the precious gift of solitude without which it is very difficult to step back calm down take stock and truly think This loss manifests itself in many ways flaring tempers impatience difficulty in focusing and in non consideration of others No wonder so many of us often feel worn out frazzled hassled and done in Real thinking after all reuires two processes – observation and reflection – which reuire both time and focus To observe is to look attentively to see all of what is before us and not just the surface or periphery of things We do this when we ponder a compelling piece of statuary or admire a beautiful painting or walk slowly through a lovely garden carefully noting the varied colors size and placement of its many flowers and trees To reflect is to seek a deeper understanding of what we have witnessed or experienced by linking it to our chords of memory and assessing it through our ethical values By this process we can consider whether the words behavior or things that we have observed are good worthwhile useful and beautiful or whether on the contrary our careful consideration reveals them to be harmful and ugly Without regular use of both observation and reflection we are in danger of losing our moral way Like all skills training one’s self to think takes time and practice It also helps to become acuainted with individuals who possess this ability already Wendell Berry has spent most of his life in his native state of Kentucky where he farms and writes Because of his love of the land he is an avid environmentalist and an outspoken critic of how Americans have repeatedly mistreated the land and its creatures In musing over a humble cabin in the wilderness that he has labored to rebuild he writes my mind became the root of my life rather than its sublimation I came to see myself as growing out of the earth like the other native animals and plants I saw my body and my daily motions as brief coherences and articulations of the energy of the place which would fall back into the earth like leaves in the autumn In this awakening there has been a good deal of pain When I lived in other places I looked on their evils with the curious eye of a traveler; I was not responsible for them; it cost me nothing to be a critic for I had not been there long and I did not feel that I would stay But here now that I am both native and citizen there is no immunity to what is wrong It is impossible to escape the sense that I am involved in history What I am has been to a considerable extent determined by what my forefathers were by how they chose to treat this place while they lived in it; the lives of most of them diminished it and limited its possibilities and narrowed its future And every day I am confronted by the uestion of what inheritance I will leave What do I have that I am using up? For it has been our history that each generation in this place has been less welcome to it than the last There has been less here for them At each arrival there has been less fertility in the soil and a larger inheritance of destructive precedent and shameful historyI am forever being crept up on and newly startled by the realization that my people established themselves here by killing or driving out the original possessors by the awareness that people were once bought and sold here by my people by the sense of the violence they have done to their own kind and to each other and to the earth by the evidence of their persistent failure to serve either the place or their own community in it I am forced against all my hopes and inclinations to regard the history of my people here as the progress of the doom of what I value most in the world the life and health of the earth the peacefulness of human communities and households And so here in the place I love than any other and where I have chosen among all other places to live my life I am painfully divided within myself than I could be in any other place He links today’s people with their distant ancestors in ways that remind us how it is possible that there are times when the sins of the fathers are continued into distant generations It occurs to me that it is no longer possible to imagine how this country looked in the beginning before the white people drove their plows into it It is not possible to know what was the shape of the land here in this hollow when it was first cleared Too much of it is gone loosened by the plows and washed away by the rain I am walking the route of the departure of the virgin soil of the hill I am not looking at the same land the firstcomers saw The original surface of the hill is as extinct as the passenger pigeon The pristine America that the first white man saw is a lost continent sunk like Atlantis in the sea The thought of what was here once and is gone forever will not leave me as long as I live It is as though I walk knee deep in its absence The slopes along the hollow steepen still and I go in under the trees I pass beneath the surface I am enclosed It was fine dirt that lay here once and I am far from being able to say that I could have resisted the temptation to plow it My understanding of what is best for it is the tragic understanding of hindsight the awareness that I have been taught what was here to be lost by the loss of it We have lived by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we could know with any certainty what was good even for us We have fulfilled the danger of this by making our personal pride and greed the standard of our behavior toward the world – to the incalculable disadvantage of the world and every living thing in it And now perhaps very close to too late our great error has become clear It is not only our own creativity – our own capacity for life – that is stifled by our arrogant assumption; the creation itself is stifled We have been wrong We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption that what is good for the world will be good for us And that reuires that we make the effort to know the world and to learn what is good for it We must learn to co operate in its processes and to yield to its limits But even important we must learn to acknowledge that the creation is full of mystery; we will never entirely understand it We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation and the ability to be worshipful in its presence For I do not doubt that it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it Through practice we also can learn to see deeply to better understand and to fully cherish the wondrous miracle of this beautiful planet and of all who share it with us But if we continue along our current unthinking path we will lose everything and our children will inherit a wasteland

  3. says:

    First of all you have to read both volumes before posting a review? I was pretty proud to make my way through Volume One Here are my thoughts on itWendell Berry is one of the finest essayists in all of American literature His prose is gorgeous—supple richly observed closely reasoned But like all of us he tends to come back to the same themes and insights and these don't improve with repetition The impact of ten essays somehow feels less than that of one or two Berry is at his best when he is observing nature and other people His pieces on black and Amish farmers and on his work on his own farm for instance are beautiful His polemical essays—on teaching literature on the role of the university on why he won't buy a computer and the like—are tendentious and crankyI'm left thinking that he'd have been better served by a selective sampling of his workJune 2020So now I’ve made my way through Volume 2 In it Berry is even curmudgeonly and impressive It occurred to me as I read these pieces that this is what a true conservative sounds like And that’s something very different from the sort of neoliberal defender of corporate greed and global exploitation that now gets called a conservative Berry is committed to a defense of the individual person as part of a local community and natural landscape His ongoing interest in a healthy soil as a complex ecosystem that can take decades or centuries to evolve and reuires constaint nurturance to be sustained is thus richly indicative of his mind and temperament His is the conservatism of the parent the farmer the husband the good steward

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