Hey everyone! It has been awhile and I apologize. I’ve been busy graduating from college, but now I’m back at the Colson Center for the summer.
Wendell Berry, Southern Agrarian and prolific author, has become one of my favorite writers. Yesterday I scanned a blog created in his honor and found the following post relating to the BP oil spill:
In "Word and Flesh" Berry wrote, "The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependent on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do." Or do we? The Gulf of Mexico is currently experiencing the human equivalent of metastasizing cancer, and the governor of Louisiana proposes that the activities which resulted in that cancer be resumed immediately even as BP's underwater gusher continues to flow into the gulf. The picture that comes to mind is one of a smoker who, having had his cancerous voicebox removed, immediately resumes smoking through his tracheotomy, a permanent opening in the throat made necessary by the operation. It is a repulsive, grotesque, and yet darkly humorous image.
Let’s start talking. What are your thoughts on the lessons the BP oil spill should teach our consumer culture?