To defend what we love Print
By Wendell Berry   
Sunday, 14 November 2010

We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know. The abstract, “objective,” impersonal, dispassionate language of science can, in fact, help us to know certain things, and to know some things with certainty. It can help us, for instance, to know the value of species and species diversity. But it cannot replace, and it cannot become. the language of familiarity, reverence, and affection by which things of value ultimately are protected.
 

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