Good essay

Barry Lopez in Granta. The first quote is so often the writer’s dilemma.

“As much as I believed I was fully present in the physical worlds I was
traveling through, I understood over time that I was not. More often I
was only thinking
about the place I was in. Initially awed by an event, the screech of a
gray fox in the night woods, say, or the surfacing of a large whale, I
too often moved straight to analysis. On occasion I would become so
wedded to my thoughts, to some cascade of ideas, that I actually lost
touch with the details that my body was still gathering from a place.”

“Existential loneliness and a sense that one’s life is inconsequential,
both of which are hallmarks of modern civilizations, seem to me to
derive in part from our abandoning a belief in the therapeutic
dimensions of a relationship with place. A continually refreshed sense
of the unplumbable complexity of patterns in the natural world, patterns
that are ever present and discernible, and which incorporate the
observer, undermine the feeling that one is alone in the world, or
meaningless in it.”

(Courtesy of Carlos Martinez del Rio)

5 thoughts on “Good essay”

  1. ….a condensed version of this in Lakota(one of those neato Native sayings) that I committed to memory(before I got committed), is "Akita mani yo"–"observe everything as you walk"…..L.B.

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