Wendell Berry was honored by the National Endowment of the Humanities some time ago but his message is worth revisiting.
He delivered the 41st annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. According to the NEH, this is “the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.”
He states, “For humans to have a responsible relationship to the world, they must imagine their places in it.”
When that connection is made, we develop an appreciation or affection for it. Only if when people have that connection to the land will they respect it.
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