How did this miracle happen? What shaped it? What informed it? It wasn't civilization, because there wasn't any. It was something else. It was wilderness. That's all there was. Trial and error, success and failure, symbiosis; wilderness made it work. Wilderness is the ultimate encyclopedia, holding, just as Nancy Newhall put it, answers to more questions than we have yet learned how to ask.

That's the magic in you. You've got it; let it out.


David R. Brower