Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

By Wendell Berry
Het hangt bij sommigen van ons op de wc, en bij anderen op de kamerdeur. Omdat we er elke keer weer door geinspireerd en verbaasd raken…

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.


Gebed van Sint Franciscus van Assisi

Heer, maak mij een instrument van uw liefde.
Waar haat het hart verscheurt,
laat mij liefde brengen.
Waar wordt beschuldigd,
laat mij vergeving schenken.
Waar verdeeldheid mensen van elkaar vervreemdt,
laat mij eenheid stichten.
Waar twijfel knaagt,
laat me geloof brengen.
Waar dwaling heerst, laat me waarheid uitdragen.
Waar wanhoop tot vertwijfeling voert,
laat hoop doen herleven.
Waar droefenis neerslachtig maakt,
laat me vreugde brengen.
Waar duisternis het zicht beneemt,
laat me licht ontsteken.

Maak dat wij niet zozeer zoeken
om getroost te worden, als wel om te troosten.
Om begrepen te worden, als wel om te begrijpen.
Om bemind te worden, als wel om te beminnen.

Want wij ontvangen door te geven.
Wij vinden door onszelf te verliezen.
Wij krijgen vergeving door vergeving te schenken
en wij worden tot eeuwig leven geboren
door te sterven.


St. Franciscus van Assisi