Let us ask how little wilderness the wilderness exploiters want America to have. Into how small an unspoiled area would they crowd all the people, in our surely more populous future, who want to see some of the world as God made it?

Into how small a zoo would they jam the endangered species of wilderness wildlife -- 'our only companions in what would otherwise be a lonely voyage among dead atoms and dying stars'? How many acres would they leave for the evolutionary force, for the organic diversity that is essential to the very chain of life, vital to our survival?

Into what small look-alike cages would they put man himself, how tight would they close his circuit, with only feedback to sustain him and an ever-rising howl to drive him mad?


David R. Brower