Mining is like a search-and-destroy mission.
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
We stand today poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space and of an overall environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight. This, in brief, is the quiet conservation crisis.
Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants.
If you want inner peace find it in solitude, not speed, and if you would find yourself, look to the land from which you came and to which you go.