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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Ooh, I just like this, don't you? As I get older and encounter more of the world and more of myself, I grow increasingly wary of answers. It's the questions that awaken the soul. Certainty is the end of growth.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
Berry is reminding us that struggle and confusion -- and wonder! -- are signs that we are on a good path, that we are paying attention, that we are still seeking and discovering, that we are alive. The scariest people are those who've grown tired of questions and so brutalize the world with simple answers.
Okay, a poetic confession: This was not originally a poem in verse. I did a bit of research and found that this is actually an excerpt from one of Wendell Berry's essays that someone later versified. It's been circulating as a poem ever since. I guess you can't trap a good poet in prose for long. My apologies to the poetry purists out there.
Now, let's discover a new path through this magical, unknown day...
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