John Muir


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Sweetened his dull voyages with sleep. Solaced himself. Lay in summery indolence

Had a slow calm mind full of comfortably haze glimmering notions. Lazy at times & somnolent, but only when nothing exciting going forward. Philosophic unfussiness.

History lost in labyrinth of relationship

# The wind ruffled his hair when it was at our backs so he looked shaggy but with nose windward he was smooth as silk

I never saw wilder eye Countless generations of wolfish ancestors in it

# Those who dwell in the wilderness are sure to learn their kinship with animals & gain some sympathy with them in spite of the blending instructions suffered in civilization & see the narrow selfishness of the attitude of man in dealing with animals selfish Even in religion [man is selfish] for after stretching his mean charity to the utmost he admits every vertical mammal white black & brown to his heaven he shuts it against all the rest of his fellow mortals. Indian dogs went to the happy hunting grounds with their masters.

The broad mudflat in front of the glacier was thrashed with the [dawn] rain & furrowed with hundreds of streams


Burns saw this when as he sympathized with the daisy & mouse & when he says

“its coming yet for a’ that

That man to man, the world o’er,

shall brothers be & a’ that”

He meant man to beast as well. Every [man] cowrin timorous beastie, earthborn companion & fellow mortals

Sparkling merry-eyed terrier

Imperturbable as a boulder

Held on our course like birds in a fog

We heard no warning voice at least I didn’t but we were guided nevertheless for it is not in man or beast to direct his steps in this crevassed & storm thrashed wilderness

# Stick a wee sleeker cowrin timorous beastie & we had a terrible adventure together one stormy day on a big glacier in Alaska

We had both been living half civilized lives for years & nature it seemed had to frighten us, drive us into the shadow of death & all but kill us to teach us a lesson. Anyhow we were nearly killed & we both learned a lesson never to be forgotten & are the better man & dog for it. Learned that human love & animal love hope & fears are essentially the same. Derived from same source & falls on all alike like sunshine

Then the danger began to dawn on his mind

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