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Observations and Views Between Dillard and Leopold Aldo Leopold was born in 1887 died in 1948 in 1949 his book A Sand Country Almanac was published He was a renowned scientist scholar teacher philosopher and gifted writer His book is a collection of his nature writing lyrical writings praise for nature and manifestos for people Leopold undoubtedly believed in the preservation of wilderness however it was not until the last two decades of his life that he developed his famed Land Ethic This Land Ethic led to his christening as the Father of the National Forest Wilderness System Previous to those writings his motivation for conservation was less for the preservation of an ecosystem and more for the defense of good hunting game However through a series of eye opening experiences Leopold came to realize the importance of viewing the natural world as an entire biota and then preserving it as such Annie Dillard was born in 1945 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek was written in 1974 Tinker Creek is a series of essays that combines scientific observation philosophy daily thoughts and deep introspection with prose On the surface Dillard is simply exploring a place called Tinker Creek and its inhabitants But her observations range well beyond the landscape into worlds of mysterious fact and metaphysical insight Dillard is a mystic and uses imagery constantly she uses stories of her experiences living near Tinker Creek to speak about the human condition and our relationship with the Divine She references physics literature numerous religion traditions anthropology medicine and folklore into her discussions Dillard creates imagery mystical themes and symbolism Pilgrim Creek is a moving look at the mystical relationship between God and nature and an attempt to create the duality between suffering and beauty Remembering there is almost three decades between Leopold and Dillards writings the following dialogs could have taken place Dillard Why would God create creatures
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