Monday, January 11, 2010

The Natural and The Man-made

"The boundary between natural and unnatural shades almost imperceptibly into the boundary between the non-human and human, with wilderness and the city seeming to lie at opposite poles - the one pristine and unfallen, the other corrupt and unredeemed. Gauged by how we feel about them, the distance we travel between the city and the country is measured more on the mind than on the ground. If this is true, then the way we cross the rural-urban boundary, the way we make the journey in and out of Chicago, exposes the great many assumptions about how we see the larger relationship between human beings and the world upon which we live."
-William Cronan

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