Life is a Miracle

10/30/2008 at 2:18 pm (books)

I purchased the book “Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition,” by Wendell Berry, from Amazon recently.

I like a lot of what Wendell Berry writes, but I didn’t get into this book very easily. Berry has a large vocabulary and reading his work exercises the mind a bit. And I didn’t quite appreciate — at first — the direction that he was taking the book.

But the further I get into it, the more I like it. It is a very good book, and I’m only yet about half-way through. So I’ll have to give you a final appraisal when I finish. But for now I’ll leave you with a quote that I just read from the book:

“What I am against … is our slovenly willingness to allow machines and the idea of the machine to prescribe the terms and conditions of the lives of creatures, which we have allowed increasingly for the last two centuries, and are still allowing, at an incalculable cost to other creatures and to ourselves.” (Berry’s emphasis)


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