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They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water.
Life in these hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine.
It honors the source of its materials; it honors the place where it is done; it honors the art by which it is done; it honors the thing that it makes and the user of the made thing.
Good work is always modestly scaled, for it cannot ignore either the nature of individual places or the differences between places, and it always involves a sort of religious humility, for not everything is known.
We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives.
What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be.
They come from the juiceless, abstract intellectuality of the universities which was invented to disconnect, displace, and disembody the mind.
The real names of the environment are the names of rivers and river valleys; creeks, ridges, and mountains; towns and cities; lakes, woodlands, lanes roads, creatures, and people.
If the ozone layer gets thinner, ultraviolet radiation sears the earth, so what? Those plants were polluting the environment, exhaling a lethal gas.
Earth eventually had an atmosphere incompatible with life. In the thinking of the human being a hundred years is a long time.