Seeing the Ox

In his 1990 book of essays The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder says, “Creatures who have traveled with us through the ages are now apparently doomed, as their habitat–and the old, old habitat of humans–falls before the slow-motion explosion of expanding world economies. If the lad or lass is among us who knows where the secret heart of this Growth-Monster is hidden, let them please tell us where to shoot the arrow that will slow it down.” 

I so wanted to be that lad! Every time I have read that line over the years I took it as a personal challenge.

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