The earth is our god, our mother, our sustenance, and our salvation. We are not disconnected entities from the earth and land, the wind and water, the sun and the sky. We are one continuum. We were created from the dust of the earth, we will eventually revert back to this earth. The delicate balance between the land and our existence has been obscured in the modern world by technology, overpopulation and urbanization. Despite this de-evolution, our instinctual, holistic link to the land remains. That is why it is so important to have public lands where we can rekindle our natural connection to the earth. These are places where we can wander in the wilderness and sleep under the stars, unencumbered by the limitations of civilization and humanity. These lands are our refuge, places where we can truly be ourselves.
Ancient cultures, including the Native Americans, believe that we cannot possess the land; that it is a part of us and we are a part of it. Our public lands are the greatest manifestation of this ideal, land that we all own, and no one owns. These lands are also a pure expression of the American ideal; boundless, natural, wild and free. They are to be; treasured not trampled, conserved not consumed, preserved not possessed.