Theseinstructions are at the heart of Berry's personal and literaryworld, and collectively they express the thesis informing allof his work, a canon now in excess of thirty books of essays,fiction, and poetry:
Berry explains our critical condition in "The Loss of theFuture," an essay in :
We have reached a point at which we must either consciously desireand choose and determine the future of the earth or submit tosuch an involvement in our destructiveness that the earth, andourselves with it, must certainly be destroyed.
bMS 199/1 (1) Typed manuscript of essay entitled "An Attempted Reconstruction of the Records of the Berry Street Conference of Ministers" [ca. 1820-1920] for the Meadville Theological Seminary, Chicago.