Morning Good People, I’ve finally gotten around to reading the blog’s inbox and received a few messages from folks who’ve wondered whether I’ve stopped posting. I have not. Simply put, I’ve been busy, and sometimes the day-to-day of life gets in the way. Further — and most importantly — this is a place for thoughts of substance for which I attempt to articulate, most times, meaningfully with some lyricism. Anyhow, if I’m not inspired or not in the right headspace, I won’t waste your time reading something that’s not worthwhile.
Nonetheless, when I do have a moment these upcoming weeks, I’ll share with you the chaos of thoughts that is my mind. While I am out here, I am striving to find some clarity on what Yvon Chouinard has described best: “what we do for a living both threatens nature and fails to meet our deepest human needs.” ❈
Finding what speaks to every fiber of my being and making the most of my time and effort is intrinsic to who I am. And now more than ever am I striving for that clarity.
Until then I will leave you with this perspective from Vittoria Di Palma’s Wasteland: A History :
“Until the concept of wilderness, wasteland offers the possibility of a more responsible understanding of our place in the environment. Rather than restricting “nature” to areas devoid of human presence, wasteland includes humans as part of nature, it assumes that our actions are just one set of activities, of reactions and responses, along with those of the rocks, plants, animals, and atmosphere, that surround and interact with us. Wasteland leaves no place “over there” that is untouched by human presence, but posits all places, all categories as interconnected: the domesticated and the wild, the urban and the rural, the local and the global. It is in the wasteland’s precarious, yet fertile conjunction of disgust and utopia that its greatest potential lies. Our actions — both good and bad—have a history and leave traces: we cannot with them away. Wasteland bears witness to these actions; it is our conscience, our terrain of contestation. As a space of resistance, of challenge, and, ultimately, of possibility and change, wasteland has the potential to be the landscape paradigm for our uncertain and troubling times.” ❈