Desert Solitaire

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“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” – Edward Abbey

Desert Solitaire was a solid book that contained the strong environmentalist opinions of Abbey. I see Abbey as more of a philosopher than a scholarly writer. In his book he says “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

Abbey is a man who is obsessed with nature and its natural condition. He really cares about the original state of the planet before it was industrialized and modernized. He believes that people need to save the environment because it is imperative to our origins.

One point the author made really stood out to me while I was reading. He states that more eco- friendly ways of doing things is way more rewarding than their alternatives.
You can’t possibly appreciate nature when you’re riding around in a car just taking it all for granted. When you see more and feel more, you will enjoy more; more specifically the little things in nature. I really believe that the little things are the most significantly beautiful parts of nature. The little things combine to create the big picture of “mother nature”

Abbey also shout-outs to Native Americans in his book and talks about several different topics in terms of how the Indians had spare time and many people today do not. I appreciated this because my grandmother is Cherokee and the way Natives are viewed and discussed modernly is disgusting. It was the largest genocide in North American history, and the native people barely get recognition, let alone assistance.

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