Mardy Murie reading the preface to her book Two in the Far North to Terry Tempest Williams::
There may be people who feel no need for nature. They are fortunate, perhaps.
But, for those of us who feel otherwise, who feel something is missing unless we can hike across the land disturbed only by our footsteps or see creatures roaming freely as they have always done, we are sure there should be wilderness.
Species other than man have rights, too.
Having finished all the requisites of our proud, materialistic civilization, our neon-lit society, does nature, which is the basis for our existence, have the right to live on?
Do we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness this right?
Our eyes met.
"Do you think we have it in us?" she asked.