“Water, water, water… There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock, of water to sand, insuring that wide, free, open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here, unless you try to establish a city where no city should be”.
Edward Abbey, from Desert Solitaire
I vigorously underlined this passage and marked it “minimalism” in my copy of Desert Solitaire a few days ago and I’m now struggling to remember the clearer thoughts I had about it then. But it’s all in a vein of something I’ve been mulling, so more on this later.