Do we return to ways the earth can sustain while the earth still
has wildness in it, or do we postpone the inevitable until we
have severed outright and irrevocably those unbroken living connections
to the beginning of life that wilderness has preserved? Dare
we repudiate the evolutionary force?
Better goals are desirable,
worth predicting now, worth the struggle to make the predictions
come true, far superior to acquiescence in forecasts we have
been getting lately of a world devoid first of charm, then of
love, and finally of life. . . .