I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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John Muir was a Scottish-born naturalist and writer who immigrated to the U.S. in 1849 with his family at the age of eleven. He cofounded the Sierra Club in 1892, and his activism helped save the Yosemite Valley and other wilderness areas. Muir is often called “the father of the U.S. National Park Service.” He died in 1914 at age seventy-six.
Now, it never seems to occur to these farseeing teachers that Nature’s object in making animals and plants might possibly be first of all the happiness of each one of them, not the creation of all for the happiness of one. Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation?