Every generation has its own prophet. He wanders the wilderness, preaching to all who will listen. Many skirt by him, avoiding his penetrating gaze. Others will walk with him, wondering at this crazy man who wears camel skin and eats locusts. But hopefully, his words create a spark that will set the world on fire.
Wendell Berry, American novelist, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer, is one such prophet. The Unsettling of America, one of his better-known works, resonates deeply in me for its commentary on capitalist culture and the erosion of agriculture. If nothing else, it shows how little anything has changed since 1977 — and calls for us to stand up and make a change.
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