Little Things

A couple who make a good marriage, and raise healthy, morally competent children, are serving the world’s future more directly and surely than any political leader, though they never utter a public word.  A good farmer who is dealing with the problem of soil erosion an an acre of ground has a sounder grasp of that problem and cares more about it and is probably doing more to solve it than any bureaucrat who is talking about it in general.  A man who is willing to undertake the discipline and the difficulty of mending his own ways is worth more to the conservation movement than a hundred who are insisting merely that the government and the industries mend their ways.

Wendell Berry, “Think Little,” The Art of the Commonplace

One thought on “Little Things

  1. Wordsworth wrote of
    “that best portion of a good man’s life,
    His little, nameless, unremembered acts.
    Of kindness and of love.”
    (1798)

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