“Joy, Shipmates, Joy!”

Heading to the Sierras on Monday for a solo winter wander. Looking forward to inhaling this:


And some of this:

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I’ll be savoring Edward Abbey’s two cents:

“One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for awhile and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.”

From a speech to environmentalists in Missoula, Montana, and in Colorado, which was published in High Country News, (24 September 1976), under the title “Joy, Shipmates, Joy!”

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One Response to “Joy, Shipmates, Joy!”

  1. Tedsen says:

    We’ll outlive those bastards and have lived twice the life that they’d only watched and dreamt of. Cheers! To living their dreams and ours, and having the courage to do so!

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