Why we write … Ed Abbey


In his introduction Abbey talks about many things, mostly humorous, but in the next to last paragraph he states several reasons why one writes.


We write as well in order to record the truth, to unfold the folded lie, to bear witness to the future of what we have known in the present, to keep the record straight.

We write, most importantly, to defend the diversity and freedom of humankind from those forces in our modern techno-industrial culture that would reduce us all, if we let them, to the status of things, objects, raw material, personnel: to the rank of subjects.

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