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“But even in the much-publicized rebellion of the young against the materialism of the affluent society, the consumer mentality is too often still intact: the standards of behavior are still those of kind and quantity, the security sought is still the security of numbers, and the chief motive is still the consumer's anxiety that he is missing out on what is "in." In this state of total consumerism - which is to say a state of helpless dependence on things and services and ideas and motives that we have forgotten how to provide ourselves - all meaningful contact between ourselves and the earth is broken. We do not understand the earth in terms either of what it offers us or of what it requires of us, and I think it is the rule that people inevitably destroy what they do not understand.” ― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

 

 

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.” ― Gary Snyder

 

“One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope. When it fully learns that cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves it, then it will have achieved itself and outlived its origins. Then it has a chance to create a society to match its scenery.” ― Wallace Stegner, The Sound of Mountain Water

 

 

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All photographs copyright Paul K. Anderson 2019 and may not be used without expressed written permission.

© 2019 by Paul K. Anderson

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Otter Creek, Montana. In the dry southeastern corner of Montana small creeks and streams play an important role supporting the flora and fauna of the region. A large coal strip mine is proposed at this spot. Local ranchers and members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation are fighting to keep this area as is.