for the sake of... what?

by Wendell Berry

How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free market and global trade? 
Please name your preferred poisons.

For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do? 
Fill in the following blanks with the names of your favorite evils and acts of hatred.

What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization? 
Please list the monuments, shrines, and works of art you would most willingly destroy.

In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate? 
List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, towns, farms you could most readily do without.

State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security; for which you would kill a child. 
Name, please, the children whom you would be willing to kill.

"Questionnaire" by Wendell Berry from Leavings. © Counterpoint, 2010.


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