Monday thought of the week: so early weaned

A thought:

Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours, Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children, as the leopard; and yet we are so early weaned from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively an interaction of man on man.

– Henry David Thoreau, “Walking” (1862), quoted in Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild: Essays (Emerville, CA: Shoemaker & Hoard, 1990), p. 83

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