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Jun 27, 2012
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Read
Location: Arizona, United States

Edward Abbey died 1989.  He was a poet, a lawyer, an ecologist, a novelist, and a legendary lecher. Living up to his words is our challenge.

Under the desert sun, in the dogmatic clarity, the fables of theology and the myths of classical philosophy dissolve like mist. The air is clean, the rock cuts cruelly into flesh; shatter the rock and the odor of flint rises to your nostrils, bitter and sharp. Whirlwinds dance accross the salt flats, a pillar of dust by day; the thornbush breaks into flame at night. What does it mean? It means nothing. It is as it is and has no need for meaning. The desert lies beneath and soars beyond any possible human qualification. Therefore, sublime.

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I like the smell of oil, grease, gasoline--and gunfire.
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"Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today."
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Machines[off-road vehicles] are domineering, exclusive, destructive and costly; it is they and their operators who would deny the enjoyment of the back country to the rest of us. About 98% of the land surface of the contiguous USA already belongs to heavy metal and heavy equipment. Let us save the 2% - that saving remnant.
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The world is what it is, no less and no more, and therein lies its entire and sufficient meaning.

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