Tired of Inevitable
Shubha Bala, associate producer

"It’s inevitable, there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m so tired of that word inevitable." —Wendell Berry

In this video from the Arlington Public Library, Wendell Berry (who reads his poems in our current show "Land, Life, and the Poetry of Creatures") brings his wisdom to thinking about the current oil spill. When an audience member asks him to expound upon his previous comments about “cheap oil” allowing people in the U.S. to “live in a certain way,” Berry responds:

"When we talk about these characteristics, that happen to be characteristics of good agriculture — diversity, versatility, recognition, and acceptance of appropriate limits or getting the scale right, and local adaptation — those ideas, it seems to me, put us in reach of work that we can do. To assume that all experiences like that oil well can only be handled by experts at great expense is a mistake, I think."

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