Wendell Berry on Changing Hearts as a Necessary Pre-Condition to Cultural Change

Yesterday was a tough day, it was black tough. Today it's raining and foggy out over the Malaspina but brighter. Yesterday millions of folks, with DNA almost exactly like mine, descended into materialist insanity. How, i asked myself while out walking with my best friend, can there be any hope?

Today i found some watching a rare television interview with Wendell Berry by Bill Moyers about Berry's 'Hopes for Humanity'. In case you don't know him, Wendell Berry is the author of more than forty books of essays, poetry and novels. He has worked a farm in Henry County, Kentucky since 1965. He is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a past fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Berry has spent his entire adult life writing about and working as a small organic farmer. After nearly 30 years of hard work on my own small organic farm nobody has earned my respect more than Wendell Berry.

No interviewer throws better batting practice questions than Moyers and he sets up Berry perfectly. Berry's solutions to our many problems are common sense and revolutionary in the same breath, he personifies leadership from the bottom. If land reform is the revolutionary surface issue, then reforming hearts is the necessary pre-condition to it. Wendell Berry speaks to both.