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our bleak exile

Anne Dalke's picture

"Contact with the world’s hard no longer a human right....
But if we are no longer permitted to touch, what chances are there that anything will be felt?...
Too many people today are led to believe that nature happens only in nature reserves,
in special places where we might be shown its specialness....
When signs are needed to explain wonders something has gone wrong....
rewilding involves much human interference....The nonce word should
alert us to the sleight of hand. A sort of nature-facility is being made
and dressed up as a return to a wilder past....'The land has been humanized,
through and through...and we in our own tissued consciousness
bear the results of this humanization.'”

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