Tuesday, January 1, 2013

It All Turns on Affection

'It All Turns on Affection' is the Jefferson Lecture delivered by Wendell Berry in 2012. This is a lecture offered by the National Council for the Humanities and is described as "the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities."

In offering it to Wendell Berry, the NCH demonstrates that it has a sense of irony... at least...

The resulting essay sets out a vivid contrast between 'boomers' and 'stickers' in the unfolding narrative that is America. The former, dominant tradition, focuses on what is profitable, what can be extracted for maximum, current, monetary value. The latter, minority tradition, focuses on love of place and what might arise from affectionately subordinating oneself to the disciplines of living in a particular place.

The latter is the place of truth.

http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture/wendell-e-berry-lecture

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