Tuesday, February 11, 2014
We have the world on the condition that...
There’s no justification for the permanent destruction of the world.
My belief, and I’ve written out of it for many years, is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.We have the world to live in and the use of it to live from on the condi-tion that we will take good care of it.
And to take good care of it we have to know it and we have to show how to take care of it.
And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.
And we’ve ignored all that all these years.
People of religious faith know that the world is maintained every day by the same force that created it. It is an article of my faith and belief that all creatures live by breathing God’s breath and participating in his spirit.
And this means that the whole thing is holy. The whole shooting match. There are no sacred and unsacred places, there are only sacred and desecrated places.
(Wendell Berry in conversation with Bill Moyers, 2013)