Wendell won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Critics Circle last week. Nick Offerman (AKA: Ron Swanson in our house) introduced and presented the award. In his speech, he quoted one of my favorite lines of Wendell’s:
No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, we can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the paradox that one can become whole only by the responsible acceptance of one’s partiality.