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Wendell Berry

Geburtstag: 5. August 1934
Andere Namen:وندل بری

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Wendell Berry ist ein US-amerikanischer Essayist, Dichter, Romancier, Umweltaktivist, Kulturkritiker und Landwirt.

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Zitate Wendell Berry

„We are alive within mystery, by miracle.“

—  Wendell Berry
Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000), Context: We are alive within mystery, by miracle. "Life," wrote Erwin Chargaff, "is the continual intervention of the inexplicable." We have more than we can know. We know more than we can say. The constructions of language (which is to say the constructions of thought) are formed within experience, not the other way around. Finally we live beyond words, as also we live beyond computation and beyond theory. There is no reason whatever to assume that the languages of science are less limited than other languages.

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„When it becomes merely an intellectual "position" confronting what is not empirically known or knowable, then it becomes very quickly absurd, and also grossly desensitizing and false.“

—  Wendell Berry
Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000), Context: Reductionism (ultimately, the empirical explanability of everything and a cornerstone of science), has uses that are appropriate, and it also can be used inappropriately. It is appropriately used as a way (one way) of understanding what is empirically known or empirically knowable. When it becomes merely an intellectual "position" confronting what is not empirically known or knowable, then it becomes very quickly absurd, and also grossly desensitizing and false.

„Nations and regions within nations must be left free — and should be encouraged — to develop the local food economies that best suit local needs and local conditions.“

—  Wendell Berry
Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community (1993), Context: Anybody interested in solving, rather than profiting from, the problems of food production and distribution will see that in the long run the safest food supply is a local food supply, not a supply that is dependent on a global economy. Nations and regions within nations must be left free — and should be encouraged — to develop the local food economies that best suit local needs and local conditions. "A Bad Big Idea".

„Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it.“

—  Wendell Berry
Context: We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us. How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing. "Compromise, Hell!" Orion magazine (November/December 2004) http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/147/.

„It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong.“

—  Wendell Berry
Citizenship Papers (2003), The Failure of War, Context: It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can't do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies' children who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause.

„Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.“

—  Wendell Berry
Poems, Context: As soon as the generals and the 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. Practice resurrection. "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" in Farming: A Hand Book (1970).

„If I solve my dispute with my neighbor by killing him, I have certainly solved the immediate dispute.“

—  Wendell Berry
The Long-Legged House (1969), Context: If I solve my dispute with my neighbor by killing him, I have certainly solved the immediate dispute. If my neighbor was a scoundrel, then the world is no doubt better for his absence. But in killing my neighbor, though he may have been a terrible man who did not deserve to live, I have made myself a killer — and the life of my next neighbor is in greater peril than the life of the last. In making myself a killer I have destroyed the possibility of neighborhood. "A Statement against the War in Vietnam".

„You don't need a large corporation to process local food or local timber and market it locally.“

—  Wendell Berry
Context: We need to confront honestly the issue of scale. Bigness has a charm and a drama that are seductive, especially to politicians and financiers; but bigness promotes greed, indifference, and damage, and often bigness is not necessary. You may need a large corporation to run an airline or to manufacture cars, but you don't need a large corporation to raise a chicken or a hog. You don't need a large corporation to process local food or local timber and market it locally. "Compromise, Hell!"

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„Its tendency is just as much toward total dominance and control.“

—  Wendell Berry
Citizenship Papers (2003), The Failure of War, Context: Let us have the candor to acknowledge that what we call “the economy” or “the free market” is less and less distinguishable from warfare. For about half of the last century, we worried about world conquest by international communism. Now with less worry (so far) we are witnessing world conquest by international capitalism. Though its political means are milder (so far) than those of communism, this newly internationalized capitalism may prove even more destructive of human cultures and communities, of freedom, and of nature. Its tendency is just as much toward total dominance and control.

„A teacher, finally, has nothing to go on but faith, a student nothing to offer in return but testimony.“

—  Wendell Berry
What Are People For? (1990), Context: A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student's grandchild. A teacher, finally, has nothing to go on but faith, a student nothing to offer in return but testimony. "Wallace Stegner and the Great Community".

„The genius of America farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems.“

—  Wendell Berry
Context: Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm — which therefore neither produced unmanageable surpluses of manure, to be wasted and to pollute the water supply, nor depended on such quantities of commercial fertilizer. The genius of America farm experts is very well demonstrated here: they can take a solution and divide it neatly into two problems. The Unsettling of America : Culture & Agriculture (1996), p. 62.

„As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it.“

—  Wendell Berry
Poems, Context: As soon as the generals and the 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. Practice resurrection. "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" in Farming: A Hand Book (1970).

„National defense through war always involves some degree of national defeat.“

—  Wendell Berry
Citizenship Papers (2003), The Failure of War, Context: National defense through war always involves some degree of national defeat. This paradox has been with us from the very beginning of our republic. Militarization in defense of freedom reduces the freedom of the defenders. There is a fundamental inconsistency between war and freedom.

„We have more than we can know. We know more than we can say.“

—  Wendell Berry
Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000), Context: We are alive within mystery, by miracle. "Life," wrote Erwin Chargaff, "is the continual intervention of the inexplicable." We have more than we can know. We know more than we can say. The constructions of language (which is to say the constructions of thought) are formed within experience, not the other way around. Finally we live beyond words, as also we live beyond computation and beyond theory. There is no reason whatever to assume that the languages of science are less limited than other languages.

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