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Daily Life Ascetic

In his “Sabbaths: How May A Human Being Come to Rest” poems, Wendell Berry writes:

If we have become incapable
of denying ourselves anything
then all that we have
will be taken from us.        (“XII,” Leavings, Kindle Loc. 128)

Discipline and self-denial are neither valued nor practiced in our current culture. Yet I sense that Berry’s dictum rings true to us. I think that down deep we all see the handwriting on the wall. The future will be one of forced austerity if humanity cannot soon find within itself a resolve to live in harmony with Mother Earth. Continue reading