Saturday, July 11, 2020

#193 / Wilderness And The Virus

Anyone who has pooped in a hole or carried food and supplies for a long trip on their back is not in a lather over toilet paper shortages or the prospect of living on pasta for awhile.

These words of wisdom come from Talasi Brooks, a Staff Attorney with Western Watersheds Project. Brooks is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wilderness Watch. Wilderness Watch is a nonprofit organization based in Missoula Montana, and in her editorial in the Summer 2020 edition of the Wilderness Watch newsletter, Brooks makes a point that I hope is not "novel" to readers of this blog posting. Brooks titles her column: "COVID-19 Offers A Lesson In Wildness." 

As a learning experience, the pandemic, which still continues, can teach us that we will do better if we do with less. Or, as Henry David Thoreau is remembered for saying: 

In Wildness Is The Preservation Of The World

We now know, I trust, if we didn't before, that we must reorganize our relationship with reality. 

A number of different steps need to be taken. 

One thing we should probably keep in mind, as we seek to transform our world, to meet the life threatening challenges that are almost all related to our flawed relationship with the World of Nature, is that we will almost certainly do better with less.

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