“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”
Wow. How did I get to be over a half century old and have never heard of Edward Abbey? Perhaps, because I was raised on another continent, or perhaps I just wasn’t paying attention. Regardless, this American writer, noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies, had a lot of smart things to say about the way we run our planet.
Some more words of wisdom from Abbey:
“Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Of course, people with guns kill more people. But that’s only natural. It’s hard. But it’s fair.”
“The earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone — and to no one.”
“If wilderness is outlawed, only outlaws can save wilderness.”
“The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.”
And on the day of Trump’s presidential inauguration:
“When the biggest, richest, glassiest buildings in town are the banks, you know that town’s in trouble.”
“Among politicians and businessman, Pragmatism is the current term for “To hell with our children.”
“There is no force more potent in the modern world than stupidity fueled by greed.”
“The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws.”
“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
“Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers — obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.”
“An empty man is full of himself.”
I guess Abbey must have seen this one coming?