The best is enemy of the good.
The profoundest truths are paradoxical.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Wendell Berry: "The Territory Of Self-Righteousness"
My favorite Berry quote: “There is also the Territory of historical self-righteousness: ifwehad lived south of Ohio in 1830,wewould not have owned slaves; ifwe had lived on the frontier,wewould have killed no Indians, violated no treaties, stolen no land. The probability is overwhelming that if we had belonged to the generation we deplore, we too would have behaved deplorably. The probability is overwhelming that webelongto a generation that will be found by its successors to have behaved deplorably. Not to know that is, again, to be in error and to neglect essential work, and some of this work, as before, is work of the imagination. How can we imagine our situation or our history if we think we are superior to it?”