As ever, David Brooks puts it best:

"This week we're reminded that the word 'wilderness' derives from the word for willful and uncontrollable.

"This catastrophic, genocidal nature is a long way from the benign and rhythmic circle of life in 'The Lion King.' It's a long way from the naturalist theology of Thoreau's "Walden" or the writings of John Muir.

"The naturalists hold up nature as the spiritual tonic to our vulgar modern world. They urge us to break down the barriers that alienate us from nature. Live simply and imbibe nature's wisdom. 'Probably if our lives were more conformed to nature, we should not need to defend ourselves against her heats and colds, but find her our constant nurse and friend, as do plants and quadrupeds,' Thoreau wrote.

"Nature doesn't seem much like a nurse or friend this week, and when Thoreau goes on to celebrate the savage wildness of nature, he sounds, this week, like a boy who has seen a war movie and thinks he has experienced the glory of combat. "
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