A final post from Banff – a cool drizzly morning. I just went for last quick walk in the woods, stepping over tons of elk and deer scat – but we saw no elk this weekend. Next time we should invite them specifically.
When Wade Davis was giving his seminar, however, outside the window I watched two white-tailed deer, nibbling on the grass until chased away by kids with cell-phone cameras. A wonderful sight. And a further word about Mr. Davis, who is without question admirably generous and passionate about all the right causes – except one. He launched into a diatribe about memoir – “the cult of narcissism, littering the world with your story.” “You will find no self-reflction in my books,” he said. “I will NEVER use the words ‘I feel.'”
And I thought, here’s a man who wants to save the world – at least, to save the biosphere. And wouldn’t that be a lot easier and more manageable if there were more men in the world, a lot more men, willing and able to use the words ‘I feel’?
Well, I feel mightily – that this has been an extraordinary adventure and now I’m ready to go home.