The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 April 2004

Left on green

Aaron at Free Will notes that for some reason, our industrial-strength environmentalists tend to live in the city:

Why is that? Nobody, in fact, wants to preserve nature more than rural conservatives: We fish, hunt, camp, and hike, and we want our children to be able to do the same. We are, however, reasonable about it, while urban liberals seem hell-bent on controlling something they know nothing about.

For an answer to "Why is that?" he points to this Michael Crichton speech:

[T]he romantic view of the natural world as a blissful Eden is only held by people who have no actual experience of nature. People who live in nature are not romantic about it at all. They may hold spiritual beliefs about the world around them, they may have a sense of the unity of nature or the aliveness of all things, but they still kill the animals and uproot the plants in order to eat, to live. If they don't, they will die.

The truth is, almost nobody wants to experience real nature. What people want is to spend a week or two in a cabin in the woods, with screens on the windows. They want a simplified life for a while, without all their stuff. Or a nice river rafting trip for a few days, with somebody else doing the cooking. Nobody wants to go back to nature in any real way, and nobody does. It's all talk — and as the years go on, and the world population grows increasingly urban, it's uninformed talk. Farmers know what they're talking about. City people don't. It's all fantasy.

It's one big Yellowstone out there, they think. God forbid they should ever actually see how the rest of the world lives.

(Courtesy of Spoons)

Posted at 7:46 AM to Dyssynergy


...one big Yellowstone...

Now, I've never actually been to Yellowstone, but from what I've heard, the nature romanticists would have a cow if they were to go to Yellowstone during the peak season.

It may not be the "weekend warrior Woodstock" that a summer weekend in Yosemite appears to be, but it's pretty crowded.

But hey -- if that's the nature they want and worship, let's just hand them the keys to Yellowstone and Yosemite, on the condition they leave the rest of the great outdoors to the grownups.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:25 AM on 26 April 2004