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The Issues of Identity

In Some Further Words, Wendell Berry wrestles with what it means to be human – who we are, where we come from, and how we live. He writes: I think the issues of “identity” mostly are poppycock. We are what we have done, which includes our promises, includes our hopes, but promises first. I know a … Continue reading

(1): Otherness

The other is our neighbor. The stranger. Our enemy. Whoever or whatever is not me. The wholly Other is whatever notion of God you feel comfortable ascribing to. What defines, distinguishes, and creates otherness are the boundaries between things. In the case of human persons, otherness comes from the boundaries between bodies. [Wendell Berry has a ton of … Continue reading

Light + Dark

What is light’s relationship to darkness? A persistent ponder of mine, one that confronts me quite often from all sorts of different angles: “The darkness is not the absence of light, but the terror that comes from the blinding light.” – Jacob Boehme “The darkness and the light are both alike” -Psalm 139:12 “We travelers, walking to … Continue reading

Defend Nothing

  “I dream of a quiet man who explains nothing and defends nothing, but only knows where the rarest wildflowers are blooming, and who goes, and finds that he is smiling not by his own will.” – Wendell Berry, Sabbath Poems 1999, II When was the last time you unwillingly found yourself smiling? Spend more … Continue reading

A Sabbath Blessing from Wendell Berry

“Whatever is forseen in joy Must be lived out from day to day. Vision held open in the dark By our ten thousand days of work. Harvest will fill the barn; for that The hand must ache, the face must sweat. And yet no leaf or grain is filled By work of ours; the field … Continue reading

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