Saturday, September 24, 2016

Edward Abbey: "America's prickliest and most outspoken environmentalist."

When googling "nature writers," I came across the picture and wiki page for Edward Abbey. I'd never heard of him; so I wanted to investigate. He was an interesting character for sure, and now I have to go find some of his books to read...

Here is a quote that sums up a lot of his opinions:
One final paragraph of advice: [...] It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.
So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.
- Edward Abbey
He was a curmudgeonly stubborn environmental anarchist by all accounts. He spent a lifetime on the FBI watch list for being anti-war and anti-military, and took great pride in it.
The theme that most interested Abbey was that of the struggle for personal liberty against the totalitarian techno-industrial state, with wilderness being the backdrop in which this struggle took place.
How had I never heard of this guy?