Thursday, June 9, 2011

Life Is a Miracle—Wendell Berry

It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines. — Wendell Berry, Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Supersition, 2000, p. 55.
I took this for an exaggeration, but it came to me that I spend my programmer's workday trying to think like a computer and much of my evenings with techne instead of poiesis. How much more important that I be often in the presence of a daughter from a good family.
Long acquaintance with a man of great character may deeply influence one's whole manner of conduct, so that a glance at his portrait may make a difference. — Philosophical Writings of Peirce, ed. by Justus Buchler, Dover edition, 1955, p. 376.

One should not expect too much. Living with you did not change Somiya, Koichi, Numata.

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