“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.”
“Now I shall have another baptism,
I shall dip my soul in the high sky.
I shall go up through the pines and firs,
Among the wind waves on the mountains,”
- John Muir
“To mind being disliked by a woman you don’t desire and are not married to is yet another serious failure of common sense.”
― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
It might seem to you that living in the woods on a riverbank would remove you from the modern world. But not if the river is navigable, as ours is. On pretty weekends in the summer, this riverbank is the very verge of the modern world. It is a seat in the front row, you might say. On those weekends, the river is disquieted from morning to night by people resting from their work.
This resting involves traveling at great speed, first on the road and then on the river. The people are in an emergency to relax. They long for the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Their eyes are hungry for the scenes of nature. They go very fast in their boats. They stir the river like a spoon in a cup of coffee. They play their radios loud enough to hear above the noise of their motors. They look neither left nor right. They don’t slow down for - or maybe even see - an old man in a rowboat raising his lines…
I watch and I wonder and I think. I think of the old slavery, and of the way The Economy has now improved upon it. The new slavery has improved upon the old by giving the new slaves the illusion that they are free. The Economy does not take people’s freedom by force, which would be against its principles, for it is very humane. It buys their freedom, pays for it, and then persuades its money back again with shoddy goods and the promise of freedom.
I immersed myself in books and rock ‘n’ roll, the adolescent salvation
- Just Kids, Patti Smith
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
“I want to lengthen, not shorten, my attention span, and most of the material splendors of the twenty-first century bully me in the opposite direction. The fault is mine, I’ll admit. I’m too slow-witted, reluctant to evolve, constitutionally unable to get with the program. I can’t afford the newest gadgets and I’m not a natural multitasker.”
Yep, I recommend the hell out of this.
“And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing that a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus.”
John Adams by David McCullough
Revolution. War. Independence.
Michael Gilbert and Scott Backes got soaked to the bone climbing the Waterfall Pitch on the North face of the Eiger. When they stopped for the night at the Brittle Ledges, they discovered their sleeping bags were drenched as well. Michael asked, “What are we going to do now?” Scott replied, “We’re going to suffer.”
from Extreme Alpinism, Climbing Light, Fast, and High by Mark Twight
Chapter 1: Baseball
Chapter 2: Melville
Worlds Colliding Together!