Wendell Berry is like grit for my fingernails, a writer who helps me breathe in the thickness of life.
In his stunning essay, “Contempt for Small Places,” this farmer with a prophetic bent writes:
“The health of the oceans depends on the health of rivers; the health of rivers depends on the health of small streams: the health of small streams depends on the health of their watersheds.
The health of water is exactly the same as the health of the land; the health of the small places is exactly the same as the health of the large places...
We cannot immunize the continents and the oceans against our contempt for small places and small streams. Small destructions add up, and finally they are understood collectively as large destructions..."