Pondering on the meaning of life in this society.

To make public protests against an evil, and yet live dependent on and in support of a way of life that is the source of the evil, is an obvious contradiction and a dangerous one. If one disagrees with the nomadism and violence of our society, then one is under an obligation to take up some permanent dwelling place and cultivate the possibility of peace and harmlessness in it. If one deplores the destructiveness and wastefulness of the economy, then one is under an obligation to live as far out on the margin of the economy as one is able: to be as economically independent of exploitative industries, to learn to need less, to waste less, to make things last, to give up meaningless luxuries, to understand and resist the language of salesmen and public relations experts, to see through attractive packages, to refuse to purchase fashion or glamour or prestige. If one feels endangered by meaninglessness, then one is under an obligation to refuse meaningless pleasures and to resist meaningless work, and to give the moral comfort and the excuses of the mentality of specialization.

Wendell Berry’s words, exerted from “A Handmade Life”, by Wm S. Coperthwaite

The contemplation of these words and philosophy returns to me every few years it seems. How do I engage my life inside these ideals? How do I become centered in a more ‘whole’ circle of life? How can I become clear and clean again of the blanket that society keeps tucking in tightly around my every action and thought? Perhaps this holiday we call “Labor Day” has brought into my focal range the need to again look deeply into my own decisions and patterns. Again asking those potent questions, again placing a wake up call to myself.

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