September 3rd, 2013

Daily Writing

It was a difficult day today, Dianne's legs are swollen (a bad sign, fluid retention can affect heart and lungs, in her case, perilously), she is weaker, she has had more difficulty keeping her oxygenation level where it should be.
But the ended very pleasantly with the viewing of a repeat of the first episode of the PBS series on the National Parks.  Part one is my favorite because it deals with Yosemite (What will the fire do to it???) and Yellowstone (Which has survived severe fires), but mostly because it featured the story of John Muir.  I consider him to be chief of the nature mystics and a most remarkable human being -- Up there with Lao Tse, the Buddha, and Jesus in my opinion.

I wanted to write some more about John Muir, about the "wild" and about silence.  But words are not coming and i am very tired.  And perhaps the best way to honor silence is just to be silent.

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Quotations of John Muir - Writings - The John Muir Exhibit - Sierra Club

[On a Sierra Club Outing, author Albert Palmer tells of a conversation he had with John Muir on the trail. He asked Muir, "someone told me you did not approve of the word ˜hike.' Is that so?"  His blue eyes flashed, and with his Scotch accent he replied]:
" I don't like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains - not hike! Do you know the origin of that word 'saunter?' It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, 'A la sainte terre,' 'To the Holy Land.' And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them."
- John Muir, as quoted by Albert W. Palmer, The Mountain Trail and its Message (1911) pages 27-28 - excerpted in A Parable of Sauntering .

Quotations of John Muir - Writings - The John Muir Exhibit - Sierra Club -- There are so many great quotes at this site, i need several hours to just absorb a few.  The one i chose to tempt your interest was one i have never heard or seen.  There are many as good or better.

Nature Is The Tao's Cure For Civilization.

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world - the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. The galling harness of civilization drops off, and wounds heal ere we are aware.

- John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938), page 317
Quotations of John Muir - Writings - The John Muir Exhibit - Sierra Club

Dumb Bombs

"Smart"  bombs are not smart enough to bomb the factories where they were built.
They seem stupid in other ways as well.
They do not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants
and they don't think about the moral implications of what is being done with them.
Come to think of it, they are a lot like people in many ways..