Questionnaire by Wendell Berry
1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.
2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.
3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.
4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.
5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.
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Tad Ghost Hole says
If that’s not absolute truth I don’t know what is
thank you for reminding me of that incredibly powerful Wendell Berry poem.
Don Young says
It gets you thinking about the many choices we make every day, the things we take for granted, about what matters most. It’s not easy living in this world. I think about it every time I fill my gas tank. That’s about the last thing I have not found a do-able solution to. Yet.
Yeah, that’s a big problem for me too.
kim Feil says
Everytime I get in car traffic or smell exhaust fumes I dream of a better life.