I happened across some old journals while clearing out some boxes. In one, I’d inscribed a beautiful quote by Scott Russell Sanders. Although I’d copied it a decade ago, it rings true more now than ever.
”No one who has been thoroughly awake to the real universe would swap it for a ‘virtual’ one. Our deepest urge is to bring our lives into direct contact with elemental life. No matter how clever our works, they will never satisfy our hunger. The likeliest way to achieve contact with life, the likeliest way to recover our senses is by shutting off our machines, climbing out of our cars, our electrified boxes, walking beyond the pavement to actual dirt or rock, and opening ourselves to the world we have not made.”
Ironically, reading the quote did not inspire a jaunt in the forest. Instead, I immediately posted it on Facebook. [Read more…]