Mary Berry reads an excerpt from her father Wendell Berry’s essay “Solving for Pattern” – YouTube

The Berry Center

Published on Apr 7, 2021

This reading is the first in a four-part series leading up to the celebration of Earth Day 2021. Mary Berry reads from her father’s essay “Solving for Pattern” written in 1980 and published in his book “The Gift of Good Land” in 1982.

Wendell Berry delivered his “Think Little” speech for the first Earth Day celebration at the University of Kentucky on April 22, 1970. You can find a copy of this speech, his essays, and books at

“… if we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. … We will see that war and oppression and pollution are not separate issues but are aspects of the same issue. Amid the outcries for the liberation of this group or that, we will know that no person is free except in the freedom of other persons and that our only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy our place – a much humbler place that we have been taught to think – in the order of creation.”

– Wendell Berry, “Think Little”. In Essays 1969-1990. Jack Shoemaker, Editor (p.143). The Library of America.

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