Posts Tagged ‘Bill Moyers’

Bill Moyers: Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity

Thanks to my friend, Kimber, for sending me the link to this heartwarming, gentle, yet powerful interview with visionary author, environmentalist and farmer, Wendell Berry.

I have long loved Bill Moyers and continue to feel huge gratitude for finding his interview series with Joseph Campbell, “The Power of Myth.” That series set the tone for the early months of my brain injury, encouraging me to place my mystical, post-TBI experiences into larger spiritual context. This interview with Wendell Berry similarly shares the wisdom of a near-octogenarian. The combination of his exquisite poetry and down-to-earth practicality particularly appeals to the English Major Faery Farmer in me. 😉

“Berry, described by environmental activist Bill McKibben as ‘a prophet of responsibility,’ lives and works on the Kentucky farm where his family has tilled the soil for 200 years. He’s a man of action as well as words. In 2011, he joined a four-day sit-in at the Kentucky governor’s office to protest mountaintop mining, a brutally destructive method of extracting coal. Moyers explores Berry’s views on civil disobedience as well as his strong opposition to agribusiness and massive industrial farms. They also discuss Berry’s support for sustainable farming and the local food movement.”

“’It’s mighty hard right now to think of anything that’s precious that isn’t endangered,’ Berry tells Moyers. ‘There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.’”

“’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.’”

In these times of explosive political shenanigans, I found it refreshing to listen to someone who clearly sees the problems we face, but also finds reason to hope. Highly recommended! Here’s the link to the interview.

Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds

Thanks to Ann Kreilkamp at Exopermaculture for bringing this gem of a video to my attention. Wow, two of my favorite people on the planet — Bill Moyers and Vandana Shiva — talking about GMO’s, making Peace with the Earth, and the interconnectedness of all things.

From Ann’s notes:

Moyers asks her what keeps her going.

Vandana Shiva: There’s a very simple lesson that Krishna gives in the Gita: You do not measure the fruit of your action. You measure your obligation for action. You have to find out what is the right thing to do. That is your duty. Whether you win or lose is not the issue.

Small farmers are still producing 80% of the world’s food. We forget the scale of what smallness means multiplied many times, because we’ve gotten used to the dinosaur mentality. We only see the big. We forget that dinosaurs went extinct.

Moyers: some people have said that globalization, the movement of people, ideas, money, across national boundaries as if they didn’t exist is also a demonstration of interconnectedness.

Shiva: First of all, this is not interconnectedness. It’s an extremely artificial corporate rule on a global scale. All that’s floating around is commodities! Still the billiard board (Newtonian) model! The world of interconnectedness would recognize that the rivers of China need to flow free. . . That people at work need to exercise. . .

This corporatization of the globe into commodities — that “flow” is not a flow of interconnectedness, but is leading to disconnection. I watch every day, the displacement, the divisions, and the violence that results.

That’s “interconnectedness” through greed, and an exclusion of people, the denial of their humanity. We are seeing a drop of our sense of humanity, and a collapse of our recognition that we are one species.

And much, much more from Vandana Shiva, who I’m tempted to say, speaks for the Earth Mother herself. She certainly looks like a goddess!

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