pickle spice

We live much of our lives, as the philosopher Matthew Crawford has pointed out, in a virtual world mapped over the hard, real one, falsely suggesting the ability of technology to magic away inconvenience. The best remedy for this is time in nature, getting scraped up and frustrated, falling in love with the flowers and bugs and rocks and trees and open sky. This should be central to the project of education, fitting young people with the knowledge and discipline to bear the awesome responsibility of living freely in a land of immense wealth and resources. More than the fear of some future calamity, which can be put out of mind until it is too late, conservation work must be motivated by attachment to what is beloved and known as home.

Inspired to keep hiking? Read the rest of Nathan Beacom’s essay.