Modernity has become permanently liquid; it no longer seeks solid replacements to the pre-modern world but finds greater value in transience, not just of institutions and things, but of human relationships too.
Vermont dumps almost all of its own garbage into Mount Casella, though it exports some to New Hampshire and New York. Its own consumption of goods–often including unhealthy processed foods, shipped huge distances–is culturally indistinguishable from the flow of garbage trucked out of the cities.
To appeal to personal rights seems to be an appeal to the highest value, and it is no wonder that people are feeling spiritually and socially starved. No one in earlier times would have considered his rights apart from his duties and responsibilities, or her privileges apart from her obligations.
How else does their work inspire you to think differently about your own relationship to your own places? Take action in your own property, if you have it, and in your local community.
Nature doesn’t give a damn what it sounds like.
But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”
We lived now in a wrecked forest, but this is only the beginning.
The diversity club ran its course, and has been replaced with "second-wave environmentalism," a.k.a. our culprit, sustainability.
I people really want to see the current state of the union, they need to take a look at my favorite part of Liberty State Park, which is the fact that it recently has been bisected – rent in two – by the Liberty National Golf Course.
Lovers of snow and cold are qualitatively different from the lovers of sun and surf; they are different moral beings altogether.