“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
Years ago a coworker and friend put me onto Wendell Berry and he continues to make me think more deeply about things that matter. Like human relationships, the environment, consumerism, our industrial food complex, cultural conventions, solitude, nature, God.
Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the “prophet of rural America.”
In preparing a marriage ceremony I will be performing, I came across a speech that Wendell gave that I was unaware of. In the beginning of 2013, Wendell, put his considerable reputation on the line and expressed support for gay marriage. You can go here to watch his speech at Georgetown College.