Essay about The, Science, And Imagination, By Wendell Berry

1476 Words Nov 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Every four years the American people crowd television sets and listen in to mostly predictable Presidential debates. The Republicans preach their conservative and religious based values while the Democrats call for more liberal changes. Congress has suffered because of the conflicting viewpoints, as hardly any middle ground can be reached. The fundamentalist nature of the two political parties has stymied the country from reaching resolutions on abortion, or the right for women to choose. Wendell Berry argues against this strict fundamentalism in his essay, “God, Science, and Imagination”, where he discusses that reaching a balance between the two extremes of science and religion is important to eliminate the bigotry the world faces. Zadie Smith finds solace in leaders who are able to find a common middle ground between science and religion. In her essay “Speaking in Tongues”, Smith discusses the importance of having multiple voices, or having knowledge of both sides of an argument. This relates to Berry’s essay because being well informed leads to a better understanding of another person’s point of view. Ultimately, as more citizens become educated, the fundamentalist nature of politics and religion should slowly cease to exist. Overall, the ability to compromise and make concessions with each other is critical to ensure the world is united behind a common set of values. The fundamentalism of politics starts with the ongoing and controversial debate of creationism versus…

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