Essay about Home of the Free

1649 Words Mar 3rd, 2013 7 Pages
In Home of the Free, Wendell Berry, the author takes issue with the way people go through life wanting work and lifestyles to be easier without thinking of the consequence of what it takes to live life “free”. They have the modern day conveniences to help them from getting their hands dirty or having to do anything that someone else can do for them. Berry implies the only way to avoid doing work that might get their hands dirty or feel unsafe doing or, is that they would have to be put into a protective capsule or that person would have to die.

Berry establishes one of these points while he is writing about a team of engineers from Purdue, who foresaw that by 2001, everything would be done by remote. The reality is that this is no
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Interestingly enough, Berry writes that “Such freedom and safety are always for sale.” This is a very sad but true thought when it comes to the reality of life. He states ”the only real way to get this sort of freedom and safety – to escape the hassles of earthly life – is to die.”

While Berry speaks of farm equipment and housing projects that attribute to the problems of convenience, he also talks about the results of people “hating” to do things of inconvenience and that to escape responsibilities they become “haters of natural work. This thought brings to light a natural consequence as their laziness becomes reality. In brief, as he puts it, is that “of the laws that the world imposes on us” that “everything must be returned to its source to be used again. But one of the first principles of the haters is to violate this law in the name of “inconvenience” or efficiency. Because it is inconvenient to return bottles to the beverage manufacturers, “dead soldiers” pile up in the road ditches and in the waterways”. While we are thinking of his statement, another product comes to mind that goes along with what he says, the “better water bottle”. The ultimate in higher thinking, is that if we build a water bottle that has a filter in it, it will reduce the “dead soldiers” lying in the road ways eliminating the need for so many water bottles. What the people who came up with this concept

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