The love of Wilderness Edward Abbey Why such allure in the very word itself… “wilderness.” What does it really mean?
The love of wilderness is an expression of loyalty to the earth The earth which bore us and sustains us The only home we shall ever know. The only paradise we ever need-- If only we had the eyes to see it.
Original sin is the blind destruction for the sake of Greed of this natural paradise Which lies all around us—if only we were worthy of it.
Wilderness invokes nostalgia for the Lost America which our forefathers knew. The word suggests the past and the unknown The womb of the earth From which all emerged, Something lost and something still present, Something remote and at the same time intimate, Something buried in our blood and nerves, Something beyond us and without limit.