The more I connect with the past, the more I connect with the present, and I liked this use of quietness as a way to ‘feel the slope of time’.

And yes, how far we have come from Mesopotamia, but similarly, how far back we go, both to and beyond Mesopotamia.

‘Without the holler of contemporary life, that constant disturbance, it is possible to feel the slope of time, how very far from Mesopotamia we have come.  We move at such a fast clip now.’

See also the bestellar review of this wise, enlightening book, complete with a mosaic of illustrated quotations and metaphors, and some fine Eskimo words.


Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams(London: Picador, 1987), p. 172

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