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See Nature, Before it’s Gone!

Paying heed to massive influence from corporations and private donors lacking any morals or values, the Trump administration has continued its assault on nature and the environment.

As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, the Trump administration has taken several steps to roll back environmental regulations established to combat pollution and climate change, and to alter the way the agency responsible for enforcing them operates.

So this summer, assuming we do not go back on lockdown again, you may want to get out and explore nature by visiting a state or national park… while you still can.

I have to apologize, as I have not written a post in quite some time, mainly because I got sick. Apparently, as my COVID-19 test was negative, I must have contracted some other type of flu or perhaps just a bacterial infection. I suffered congestion and flu-like symptoms for about two weeks. I was very worried. I’ve also been very busy trying to write my thesis and wrap up my master’s degree. Thankfully, I am in decent health now (back problems aside), and looking to continue life again.

While watching an episode of ‘Rock the Park’ (link at end) featuring Glacier National Park, I was inspired. I immediately got online and booked a campsite to visit this storied, ethereal place. Glacier National Park has been on my bucket list for several years now. Thank goodness! There were still some sites available at Fish Creek Campground on the west side of Glacier… booked by me for August! It will be my first time visiting Glacier National Park and I am so excited!

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Glacier National Park… a place I have never been to but have longed to visit for many years.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

— Our National Parks, 1901, page 56.

On God and Nature

Those of us, Atheists & Agnostics, generally refer to the majesty and power of the Universe or Nature itself when we refer to ‘God’… We do not subscribe to any particular deity. This does not mean, however, that we are incapable of emotion, of feeling awe from seeing something we have never dreamed of, witnessing some breathtaking aspect of beauty that the Cosmos or the Planet Earth suddenly decided to reveal.

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We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all.

– June 9, 1872 letter to Miss Catharine Merrill, from New Sentinel Hotel, Yosemite Valley, in Badè’s Life and Letters of John Muir.

John Muir lived in a time where it was not fashionable to be a non-believer. In fact, non-believers were demonized by Christian pastors and writers alike. Sadly, this demonizing and intolerance continues today. I do not believe, however, that just because I do not subscribe to Muir’s particular religion or God, that I cannot enjoy and savor the experience of seeing the breathtaking majesty of some of Glacier National Park’s scenery, or the calming serenity of wind through the leaves of forest trees. All people can partake of this wonder. All who seek the beauty and tranquility of nature should be able to find it, regardless of religious beliefs.

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.

John Muir

This harsh and undesirable COVID-19 incident took its toll on all of us. We should take stock of our values. We should reexamine our society, and begin to cherish nature more… as we ourselves are part of nature, and not separate from it. I hope to see you out there this summer.

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Check out Rock the Park:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCum2416qyE341WyaV2SWM1A

And please subscribe to my blog (below)… I’m going to try to write more steadily from now on! Peace to you!

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