“If diversity is a source of wonder, its opposite – the ubiquitous condensation to some blandly amorphous and singularly generic modern culture that takes for granted an impoverished environment – is a source of dismay. There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times.”
― Wade Davis, The Wayfinders
I’m devouring again –for the third time this year– three Wade Davis books in these closing weeks of 2012. The way he pieces together themes and ideas large and small is an absolute thrill to read and absorb, even if the subject matter is gravely serious.