Divine ecstasy of Nature: Selected Writings by John Muir
Williams, Terry Tempesthttp://www.theecologist.org/essays/2988897/divine_ecstasy_of_nature_selected_writings_by_john_muir.html
Date Written: 2017-05-17
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20841
A new collection of John Muir's (1838-1914) writings promises to inspire another generation to fall in love with wild nature, to care for it, to know that wilderness is not optional but central to our survival in the centuries to come. His words survive him. "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."
John Muir authored sixteen books and countless articles. His most enduring legacy may be found in literature.
For this gift, I would turn to him on the trail and thank him. His voice, often rhapsodic and, at times, ecstatic, was urgent in his resounding call for wilderness protection.
He believed in geology and the language of glaciers. He fought against the damming of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite, and lost, having to endure the flooding of 'his temple'. Even so, his grief was borne through the endless wells of solace, in his own ground truthing of the Tuolumne Meadows.
His words survive him. "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike."