I am enamored of the earth and of the creatures which call it their home. That must, by definition, include our human family. Of the relatively small portion of our home which I have had the privilege to explore, the southwestern United States occupies a special place within me. Remarkably diverse, it spans almost the entirety of extremes both climatic and biotic. Unforgiving at its extremes it is a shockingly fragile place. It holds within its purview the power to transform us.
My goal is to engender a greater empathy for this magical, yet vulnerable, place in order that others may come to realize that its true value lies not in its extractable resources, but in its power to inform and enrich our lives and that they also be inspired to join the struggle to preserve its wonders that those who succeed us in time, will not be denied the chance to stand in awe and be filled with that which brings forth all which is best in us.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of poison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein