November 7th, 2012
Stopped me in my tracks

I will say, from my own belief and experience, that imagination thrives on contact, on tangible connection. For humans to have a responsible relationship to the world, they must imagine their places in it. To have a place, to live and belong in a place, to live from a place without destroying it, we must imagine it. By imagination we see it illuminated by its own unique character and by our love for it. By imagination we recognize with sympathy the fellow members, human and nonhuman, with whom we share our place. By that local experience we see the need to grant a sort of preemptive sympathy to all the fellow members, the neighbors, with whom we share the world. As imagination enables sympathy, sympathy enables affection. And it is in affection that we find the possibility of a neighborly, kind, and conserving economy.

-Wendell Berry from “It All Turns on Affection”, 2012 Jefferson Lecture

Nov 8 2012
11:28 am
Erin Wilson writes:

Thank you for this one too. My Berry books are a little dusty. I didn’t know I should revisit them for the place I’m at in life now. Until you showed me. Thank you.

Nov 8 2012
2:49 pm
Claire writes:

So true thanks for sharing.

Dec 18 2012
7:51 pm
ian writes:

Hey Keri. I loved the “I AM NOT A BRAND” image today. I’ve often thought about getting a tshirt printed sayng, “(not sign) Corporate ad space” in the center. I’d love to post it to Google images.

I’d love to see a series of printed tshirts with messages about taking our lives back from corporate marketing.

Continue being awesome :)

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