Friday, June 25, 2010

Quote of the Week:

"Because fossil fuels, however abundant they once were, were nevertheless limited in quantity and not renewable, they obviously did not 'belong' to one generation more than another. We ignored the claims of posterity simply because we could, the living being stronger than the unborn, and so worked the 'miracle' of industrial progress by the theft of energy from (among others) our children. This is the real foundation of our progress and our affluence. The reason that we are a rich nation is not that we have earned so much wealth - you cannot, by any honest means, earn or deserve so much. The reason is simply that we have learned, and become willing, to market and use up in our own time the birthright and livelihood of posterity."

- Wendell Berry, from the Essay "Energy in Agriculture," written in 1979 (the year of my birth).

1 comment:

  1. Wendell Berry, a Kentuckian, has hit the nail on the head. We use our kids' resources as though they will not need them. Sad.

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