No greater decision faces mankind today, for in the choices that must be made may lie the future of the race and the road man must follow. If we should lose the very desire for those values that are inherent in wilderness and abandon ourselves to the mechanical robot age of automation, then the holocaust of atomic war might be the end of the long dreams of man and his endless search for beauty and meaning in the universe.” – Sigurd Olson
Olson wrote this in 1962 around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The world is in a different place today, but as we listen to our tiny radio from the edge of a Wilderness lake I can’t help but feel that the underlying message still rings clear. Vast wild landscapes like the Boundary Waters are more precious than ever before. We must listen to the land and use those lessons to guide us. It is not just the fate of the Boundary Waters that is at stake, it is the sustainability of the planet and in turn the future of humanity that we hold in our hands.
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