The Real Work
What I would say in one sentence is that, for Americans, the real work is becoming native to North America. The real work is becoming native in your heart, coming to understand we really live here, that this is really the continent we're on and that our loyalties are here, to these mountains and rivers, to these plant zones, to these creatures. The real work involves developing a loyalty that goes back before the formation of any nation state, back billions of years and thousands of years into the future. The real work is accepting citizenship in the continent itself.
- Gary Snyder
On the same day I read these words, I read a letter to the editor in our local paper which was not a joke, seriously suggesting, in order to "prevent damage to cars by wild animals getting in 'our' way on the highways" that they - (a representative number, I surmise, perhaps two of each?) - be HERDED INTO ONE of the national parks and that it then BE FENCED. Only one park. That would solve a lot of problems. Leave the other national parks for people?????
You cannot make this stuff up! Human consciousness has SUCH a long way to go! Sigh.