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"Some places speak distinctly. Certain dank gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwrecks." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

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 While reading the beginning of The Ecology of Wisdom I was struck by the passages on pages 46 and 64 where Naess speaks about a distinct sense of "place" and that was can be defined by or identify with a particular place. He says, "… the development of a place in which a person feels at home and feels a sense of belonging shows exceptionally clearly some of the forces at work in the establishment of a place," and then later speaks about a physical place being lost or destroyed, saying "… choose a place that you will likely to be able to master when you are older. Then, this is a place where you can live and die." This brought me back to both mkarol's post with the image about maps/experiences and our class discussion last week about places that we feel capture who we are. Places that we feel most connected to, in my opinion, are not about the physical things that we own that are there, not about the tangible. Instead it is about emotion, experiences, and what brings to each of us individual inner peace. 


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