Stuff I Read This Week...

“People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.” (Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays)

“Parents today are so focused on giving their children everything they themselves never had that they forget to give them what they did have – the simple things in life, principles and values that were instilled in them as children, things that are far more valuable than the latest smartphone or video game.”  (Brian and Amy Bloye, It’s Personal)

“Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” (Wendall Berry)

“What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…And people flock around the poet and say, ‘sing again soon’ – that is, ‘may new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.’ And the critics come forward and say, ‘That’s the way, that’s how the rules of aesthetics say it should be done.’ Of course a critic is a hair’s resemblance of a poet except he has no anguish in his heart, no music on his lips.” (Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or)

Dana Hicks