That we now live in an economy that is not sustainable is not the fault only of a few mongers of power and heavy equipment. We are all implicated. We all, in the course of our daily economic life,
consent to it, whether or not we approve of it. This is because of the increasing abstraction and unconsciousness of our connection to our economic sources in the land, the land-communities, and
the land-use economies. In my region and within my memory, for example, human life has become less creaturely and more engineered, less familiar and more remote from local places, pleasures, and
associations. Our knowledge, in short, has become increasingly statistical.
Wendell Berry, 2012
Berry raises questions that clearly resonate with Arendt’s account in the section of The Human Condition entitled “A Consumers’ Society.” Identify a point of connection between the two authors that
helps to explain the unsustainability of our current society. What structures or priorities of our current system can you identify as doomed to exhaustion? Write an essay in which you explore this
point of connection between Berry and Arendt on the question of our unsustainable system.