“More than half of all humans now live in cities. The natural habitat of our
species, then, officially, is steel, pavement, streetlights, architecture,
and enterprise–the hominid agenda.
With all due respect for the wondrous ways people have invented to amuse themselves and one another on paved surfaces, I find that this exodus from the land makes me unspeakably sad.
I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in….
I wonder what it will mean for people to forget that food, like rain, is not a product but a process.
I wonder how they will imagine the infinite when they have never seen how the stars fill a dark night sky….
What we lose in our great human exodus from the land is a rooted sense, as deep and intangible as religious faith, of why we need to hold on to the wild and beautiful places that once surrounded us.”
– Barbara Kingsolver, 2002, Small Wonder