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January1999
The Memory of Old Jack
by Wendell Berry
Other Voices
Relating to themes in The Memory of Old Jack

When there are too many farmers the excess will be of the better kind; when there are too many mechanics and laborers, of the worst.

Aristotle
Politics, IV
322 B.C.E.


The ones who believe they have “found it”—who have stopped seeking—they are the real danger to humanity.

Daniel J. Boorstin, historian
PBS Interview
11/6/1998


Thus to the free man there is as much divinity and mystery in a brick as in all the ramifications of occult science, for to him a brick is a magic. There is as much freedom of the spirit in watching sparrows on a city street as in meditating in some mountain solitude under the stars. There is as much expression of that freedom in peeling potatoes as in making a cathedral organ sing out the liquid thunder of a fugue.

Alan W. Watts
The Meaning of Happiness
1940


Over-population and over-organization have produced the modern metropolis, in which a fully human life of multiple personal relationships has become almost impossible. Therefore, if you wish to avoid the spiritual impoverishment of individuals and whole societies, leave the metropolis and revive the small country community, or alternately humanize the metropolis by creating within its network of mechanical organization the urban equivalents of small country communities, in which individuals can meet and cooperate as complete persons, not as the mere embodiments of specialized functions.

Aldous Huxley
Brave New World Revisited
1958


Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms, and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

William Jennings Bryan
1896 Democratic Convention


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