Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day 176: Wendell Berry and Chicken Coops...

Dusted off my old copy of Wendell Berry's "The Unsettling of America". It seems as powerful now as it did back in 1977. I liked this passage on how we have tried (through labor saving devices and becoming a "specialist" culture) to get out of work:

"But is work something we have a right to escape? And can we escape it with impunity? We are probably the first entire people ever to think so. All the ancient wisdom that has come down to us counsels otherwise. It tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom. We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis---only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy".

In celebration of Berry's quote, Joni and I started work on a chicken coop. Shoddy work? No doubt.

And now off to my "specialist" job.

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