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Arroyo Grande

I am rereading Desert Solitaire and was struck again with the truth expressed by Edward Abbey.

 He’s begun a new job, the lonely business of winter ranger at a national park in Utah. It’s his first night and he learns that using his flashlight on his leisurely stroll around the park’s mobile home destroys the desert atmosphere. He is more attuned to the surroundings by walking in the dim light provided by the stars.

 Then, since he wants to take notes before going to bed, he starts the gas generator to light up the house and he realizes, as he writes, the noise and lights have completely cut him off from his surroundings.

“Finishing the letter I go outside and close the switch on the generator …I wait. Soon the night flows back, the mighty stillness embraces and includes me; I can see the stars again and the world of starlight. I am twenty miles or more from the nearest fellow human; but instead of loneliness I feel loveliness. Loveliness and a quiet exultation.”

There it is: knowing, experiencing, the unity with timeless nature and fully embracing the oneness.

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