This incessant business

John MuirJohn Muir, father of America’s National Park System, wrote:

God has cared for these trees,
Saved them from drought, disease,
and a thousand tempests and floods,
but he cannot save them from fools.
[John Muir, Our National Parks, 1903]

President Donald Trump spoke at the U.S. Department of Interior yesterday and signed an executive order freeing up use of public lands, land “which belongs to the people, which truly belongs to us.”

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau wrote in 1863:

I think there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to ay, to life itself, than this incessant business.

[Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle, 1863]



The Muir and Thoreau quotes lead the chapters  “A Joyful Resting Place in Time” and “The Bristlecone Pines” of Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness. God bless the memory of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. We are increasingly without principle. They’d turn over in their graves. It’s up to us to honor their principles.

  • Gordon C. Stewart, April 27, 2017,


10 thoughts on “This incessant business

  1. Reblogged this on From Sandy Knob and commented:
    John Muir was a very wise old bird… a deep thinker. We need more of them these days. Makes me think of my father, as a young man man plodding along behind the horse drawn plow and contemplating and admiring god’s handiwork on the open prairie.


  2. Dolt 45 behaves as though the public lands belong to him — using the royal “we/him”. They don’t. They belong to you and me and Mona and every person in this country. They are not his to decide to use (up).

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  3. Thanks so much Gordon for articulating my feelings and the verging on despair of so many right now. It’s really quite simple when we follow our principles and keep doing what we can to speak and act.


    • Yes, we follow our consciences and principles the best we can, examine our own culpability, and listen carefully every time the word ‘very’, ‘greatest’, or ‘biggest’ is used – listening especially carefully when the hyperboles appear in the same sentence. Overstatement is a defense for underachievement, a lie, or insecurity.


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