John Muir

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:  WOW~  Kids should be taught BIOGRAPHIES  in school as these micro histories are so inspirational.

What do YOU know about John Muir?
…That he was born in Scotland?
…That he walked from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico in 1867 at age 29?
John Muir was born at Dunbar, Scotland on this day in 1838.
His family emigrated to the US in 1849 and he became an
expert toolmaker until an accident blinded him for a while.
In 1867 he set out on foot from Indiana and reached the Gulf
of Mexico, then settled in California where he took an
interest in Yosemite Valley. Approaching his subject with the
tools of science and the heart of a poet, he campaigned to
create the first national park there. Along the way he
founded the Sierra Club and wrote numerous books, all of
which remain in print to this day.
Here are some of his gifts to us:
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are
beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going
home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks
and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber
and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.””Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise
men listen.”

“The sun shines not on us but in us.”

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating
and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing,
allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything
in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”

“Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress.”

“Trees go wandering forth in all directions with every wind,
going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the
sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows
how fast and far!”

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as
nectar to the tongue.”

All from John Muir, 1838 – 1914
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