Monday thought of the week: myriad relationships

A thought:

In speaking with children who might one day take a permanent interest in natural history… I have sensed that an exploration from a single fragment of the whole is the most invigorating experience I can share with them. I think children know that nearly anyone can learn the names of things; the impression made on them at this level is fleeting. What takes a lifetime to learn, they comprehend, is the existence and substance of myriad relationships: it is these relationships, not the things themselves, that ultimately hold the human imagination.

– Barry Lopez, “Children in the Woods,” in Rees Hughes and Corey Lee Lewis, eds., Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: Oregon and Washington: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long-Distance Trail (Seattle, WA: Mountaineers Books, 2011), pp. 85-7, on pp. 86-7; or in Julie Dunlap and Stephen R. Kellert, eds., Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012), pp. 137-39, on p. 138. I reviewed Companions in Wonder in June 2012.

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