erik lundegaard

The Damage and the Glory

“An image comes to life here: a man on a piece of land. The land is damaged; the man has damaged it. But look: the man is powerful, strong and happy. ... This is what American history is like, but it is hard for us to accept: that a vigorous and splendid country could have been built by really guilty people. ... People who think that American enthusiasm ought to be curbed ignore this strong man and look only at the damage he has caused. Pinchot is one of a small number of powerful American men (Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt are others) who allow themselves to see both the glory of the vigorous man and the damage he has done. Pinchot takes note of the wonderful force that has been used to do the damage and asks that it be allowed to continue--but doing different work.”

-- George W.S. Trow describing Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, in his book, “The Harvard Black Rock Forest,” pg. 27.

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Posted at 01:36 PM on Wed. Aug 14, 2013 in category Quote of the Day  

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