“That’s my argument in favor of this world, against the determinists. I depend on what I know of human goodness, but also on the flowers and the butterflies and the birds. The otters and the swallows — a lot of their life is just spent having a hell of a good time. The animals, so far as I can understand them, have a great deal to say in favor of life. It’s a good world, still.”
There's a lot going on in this piece, but I really enjoyed the push and pull between the two people having the conversation. I'm a big Berry fan, but I think the challenges that DeChristopher is pushing him on are things we have to think about and I'm not sure everyone is prepared to do that, including Berry.