Saturday, December 12, 2015

Good essay

Barry Lopez in Granta. The first quote is so often the writer's dilemma.

"As much as I believed I was fully present in the physical worlds I was traveling through, I understood over time that I was not. More often I was only thinking about the place I was in. Initially awed by an event, the screech of a gray fox in the night woods, say, or the surfacing of a large whale, I too often moved straight to analysis. On occasion I would become so wedded to my thoughts, to some cascade of ideas, that I actually lost touch with the details that my body was still gathering from a place."

"Existential loneliness and a sense that one’s life is inconsequential, both of which are hallmarks of modern civilizations, seem to me to derive in part from our abandoning a belief in the therapeutic dimensions of a relationship with place. A continually refreshed sense of the unplumbable complexity of patterns in the natural world, patterns that are ever present and discernible, and which incorporate the observer, undermine the feeling that one is alone in the world, or meaningless in it."

(Courtesy of Carlos Martinez del Rio)

5 comments:

Chas Clifton said...

Barry hits the sweet spot again.

Matthew Mullenix said...

So excellent.

Anonymous said...

....a condensed version of this in Lakota(one of those neato Native sayings) that I committed to memory(before I got committed), is "Akita mani yo"--"observe everything as you walk".....L.B.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes have to remind myself — aloud — to "be here now."

Jim Cornelius
www.frontierpartisans.com

Anonymous said...

Man I really like Barry.

Clint Chisler