a half-hearted fanatic

Posted by anya on April 13th, 2010 filed in Uncategorized

despite the rather cheezy ‘us vs. them’ spirit of the conclusion, I quite like the sentiment expressed here:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

From a speech to environmentalists in Missoula, Montana in 1978 and in Colorado, which was published in High Country News in the 1970s or early 1980s under the title “Joy, Shipmates, Joy.”, as quoted in Saving Nature’s Legacy : Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity (1994) by Reed F. Noss, Allen Y. Cooperrider, and Rodger Schlickeisen, p. 338. (via justinthomaskay)


One Response to “a half-hearted fanatic”

  1. Daniel McLaren Says:

    Nice. Been thinking about the slow movement a bit lately, too. Like making pancakes of different shapes in the morning. (-:

    Here’s GOOD’s take:
    http://www.good.is/post/the-good-and-readymade-guide-to-slowing-down/

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