John Muir – an inspiration


(John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt above Yosemite Valley)

I’ve been researching some of John Muir’s writings to establish core values for our proposed John Muir Leadership Programme.

The quotations certainly provide direction and form to any development:

“Most people are on the world, not in it; have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them, undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.”

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers’ plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.”

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” “There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties.”

“There is not a “fragment” in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.”

“It is always sunrise somewhere”

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life!”

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

 If we could even try to follow half of the principles outlined in the above we would come up with something very special.

3 thoughts on “John Muir – an inspiration

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  2. During the summer I took part in a Columba 1400 leadership programme(Staffin,Skye) They balance class room based tasks with outdoor activities. A big part of the programme is based on particapants core values, I tried one of the core value tasks with a John Muir head on, This is what I came up with.
    John Muir Core values could have been.
    I had fun doing this, I hope it is of some use and interest

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