Words of Wisdom From John Muir on Earth Day
Earth Day words of wisdom from the great Scottish-American environmentalist John Muir, excerpted from his 1901 book Our Natural Parks.
Our societal reference point for passionate environmentalism is sometimes tinged with images of tie-dyed tree huggers chaining themselves to ancient trunks. While there's certainly room to appreciate that sort of vigor, we at Big Think prefer a little more nuance in our environmentalists.
Take, for instance, the great Scottish-American environmentalist John Muir (1838-1914), best known for his journeys (and subsequent writings) of the American west coast. Here are some Earth Day words of wisdom from Muir, excerpted from his 1901 book Our Natural Parks:
"The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it. ... So we must count on watching and striving for these trees, and should always be glad to find anything so surely good and noble to strive for."
Our experience of time may be blinding us to its true nature, say scientists.
- Time may not be passing at all, says the Block Universe Theory.
- Time travel may be possible.
- Your perception of time is likely relative to you and limited.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, they clearly don't want to be bothered.
- Many have tried to contact the Sentinelese, to write about them, or otherwise.
- But the inhabitants of the 23 square mile island in the Bay of Bengal don't want anything to do with the outside world.
- Their numbers are unknown, but either 40 or 500 remain.
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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