Our planet is suffering from “a refusal to remember”


“In accepting the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature, Czeslaw Milosz said: ‘Our planet that gets smaller every year, with its fantastic proliferation of mass media, is witnessing a process that escapes definition, characterized by a refusal to remember.’ A refusal to remember. Yet memory is critical if a people are not to be at the mercy of the powers-that-be, if they are to have something against which to measure what the partisans and propagandists tell them today. Memory is critical if, as democracy requires, we are to make midcourse corrections in the affairs of state and our personal behavior.”

Bill Moyers – Celebrating Civic Poetry During National Poetry MonthBilly Moyers & Company – 4/3/17

The article includes the a poem by Wendell Berry:

A Poem on Hope

It is hard to have hope. It is harder as you grow old,
for hope must not depend on feeling good
and there’s the dream of loneliness at absolute midnight.

Read rest of poem 

Here also is a link to a Moyers interview with Wendell Berry, in which Berry says

“We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.”

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