Saturday, January 12, 2008

Violence in Nature

A column by Jeanne Malmgren in the Anderson (SC) Independent-Mail on 11 January 2008 titled "Violence in nature: This should not be" relates a personal story of feeling threatened by some other people while camping, and decries the fact that this sort of thing happens. Malmgren and her husband escaped without coming to any harm, but others haven't.

As Malmgren writes:
"It’s deeply disturbing in a visceral way: A young woman goes hiking with her dog on a beautiful mountain trail and ends up dead.

"This should not happen."
Nature, itself is absolutely violent; but what we want is to be able to visit natural places free from threats of that violence or of the violence that other people might wage.

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