Wendell Berry

If we have become a people incapable

of thought, then the brute-thought

of mere power and mere greed

will think for us.

If we have become incapable

of denying ourselves anything,

then all that we have

will be taken from us.

If we have no compassion,

we will suffer alone, we will suffer

alone the destruction of ourselves.

These are merely the laws of this world

as known to Shakespeare, as known to Milton:

When we cease from human thought,

a low and effective cunning

stirs in the most inhuman minds.