Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It All Turns on Affection

"Knowledge without affection leads us astray every time. Affection leads, by way of good work, to authentic hope."

Monday evening Wendell Berry gave the 2012 Jefferson Lecture on the humanities at The Kennedy Center. The lecture's title -- "It All Turns on Affection" -- is taken from E.M. Forster's novel Howards End. In it Berry synthesizes many of the themes that I believe make him one of the few living persons for whom the title "prophet" is not hyperbole.

Full text of Berry's speech here.

Video here.

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