There’s Nothing Fundamentally Wrong With Us

Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel Ishmael:

Daniel Quinn wrote in his 1992 novel Ishmael:

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they act like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will lie bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now.

Quinn was a guy who’s perspective would be helpful for us, 28 years along.

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I like to write about human-wildlife relationships, mostly.

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Aaron Hedge

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I like to write about human-wildlife relationships, mostly.

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