"A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there…We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis."
Edward Abby, Desert Solitaire
In his “wilderness letter”, Wallace Stegner wrote: “We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
In Desert Solitaire, Abby continues: “the wilderness should be preserved for political reasons. We may need it someday as…a refuge from authoritarian government, from political oppression…history demonstrates that personal liberty is a rare and precious thing…”