This is a long one, so bear with me, please. I read this piece by Mark Meyer about photography and it is right on target, in my opinion.
"A photograph like the one above "says, show me your portraits of everyday life, your values, your wealth, and this landscape will dwarf them . . . this image . . . offers a buttress against hubris. It reminds us that almost everything we consider important in life is small and temporary. It wasn't here in the past and will be gone in the future. Our certain knowledge, our closely-held beliefs, our morality, our language, our medicine and science: none are permanent fixtures in this world; time has been, and will continue to be, merciless with the works of humankind . . . (they are) meaningless here where one can be snuffed out by a chill, a fall, or a bear . . . From within its framework we may think civilization has smothered the earth and exiled the wilderness to some tidy borders, but our cities are built on a fragile film of cement riding on a sea of magma swayed by the same tectonic forces that raised these mountains and will one day swallow them. Wilderness goes all the way to the core of this world and our human works merely dot the surface . . . Science has catalogued every fish . . . and packed the entire flora, right down to the lichen on these rocks, into a tidy taxonomic scheme, but as sensible as it all is, when you stand here with your feet in the water you can't help wondering if it is all rather beside the point--inadequate knowledge compared to the whole scene before you.."
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