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To Rest Upon the Earth

Hi Friends,

In reading this I realize that there is a big difference in our society in the USA and the society in the Philippines:

Wendell E. Berry Lecture | National Endowment for the Humanities http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture/wendell-e-berry-lecture “Because a thing is going strong now, it need not go strong for ever,” [Margaret] said. “This craze for motion has only set in during the last hundred years. It may be followed by a civilization that won’t be a movement, because it will rest upon the earth." E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910)1

More than sixty percent of all Filipinos live on family farms and till soil and raise livestock. They may not feel as fondly about their land, I don't really know. The countryside is crowded and the family may not own more than a half acre. But despite the suicidal birth rate here I sense hope for a society that must come to grips with its own self destructive habits of family based proliferation and corruption.

In solidarity, Rowland Lane Anderson

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