Our Assumption

We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. And this has been based on the even flimsier assumption that we could know with any certainty what was good even for us. We have fulfilled the danger of this by making our personal pride and greed the standard of our behavior toward the world  – to the incalculable disadvantage of the world and every living thing in it. And now, perhaps very close to too late, our great error has become clear. It is not only our own creativity, our own capacity for life –  that is stifled by our arrogant assumption; the creation itself is stifled.

Wendell Berry
The World Ending Fire

 

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