Friday, January 20, 2012
In the Presence of Fear
The argument that I found most thought provoking and worth discussing is the last argument in his first essay, XXVII. In this part, Berry talks about being thrifty and learning how to save. He argues that we need to teach our children, "that we cannot spend and consume endlessly. We have got to learn to save and conserve"(pg 9). In our society today, most people spend and spend endlessly on unimportant things or just whatever there heart desired. I remember when I was little, I would spend any amount of money I would get from Christmas and birthdays, on toys and fun things. A couple years later when my parents started to make me pay for things and I started to learn about responsibility, I wished I had learned to save my money and had some of it saved up for important things and now today I do. I agree that we need to conserve and not waste, and that it would help our economy, to cherish what we have but also learn that we don't have to have everything to be happy. As Berry says, we do need a new economy, but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving and conserving, not on excess and waste.....we need a peaceable economy" (pg 9).