Questionnaire by Wendell Berry

October 14, 2009

Wendell Berry wrote this poem for The Progressive Magazine.  Food for thought:

1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill. 

Hat tip to Pastor Kes for pointing this out.

Thomas

Thomas

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Thomas Turner has been blogging on Everyday Liturgy for the past six years. He enjoys reading, writing, cooking and gardening.

6 responses to Questionnaire by Wendell Berry

  1. Thanks for reminding me of thease great and wise words.Keep up tthe good work. Roger Loverre. rogerlovette.blogspot.com

  2. Berry actually reads this poem at the Duke Div. School conference, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” The entire conference can be downloaded for free here:

    http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/new.duke.edu.1394395520

    It’s great to hear him read it. And there is a great introduction by Hauerwas, as well.

    enjoy!

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