I want to move forward in a state of gratefulness for all that 2020 laid bare. There was “then” and there is “now” which actually makes it pretty similar to the changing of any season of life, but this is obviously different. I want to sit in the space I find myself presently, forever – thankful for what this past year exposed to our family and how we will use that to arm ourselves for the years to come. It was a heck of a year – a year that snatched so many things from our grasp overnight, but also a year that gifted us immensely.
I want to write about all the things surrounding the above sentiments – the way things were and a pathway to think and live, moving forward. But, for right now, I want to formulate what exactly I should say in an encouraging way that would benefit anyone might stumble upon this tiny website. Instead of my words, I think the following quote by one of my favorite authors, Wendell Berry, is rather appropriate and especially timely.
“People who thus set their lives against destruction have necessarily confronted in themselves the absurdity that they have recognized in their society. They have first observed the tendency of modern organizations to perform in opposition to their stated purposes. They have seen governments that exploit and oppress the people they are sworn to serve and protect, medical procedures that produce ill health, schools that preserve ignorance, methods of transportation that, as Ivan Illich says, have “created more distances than they….bridge.” And they have seen that these public absurdities are, and can be, no more than the aggregate result of private absurdities; the corruption of community has its source in the corruption of character. This realization has become the typical moral crisis of our time. Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, then we have to choose; we can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it the best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live.”
-Wendell Berry from The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture