"The ancient character of the land, the forests that covered it and the animals that lived in them...have been forgotten by almost everyone...Our memories have been wiped as clean as the land...There is a name...for this forgetting: "Shifting Baseline Syndrome."
The people of every generation perceive the state of the ecosystems they encountered in their childhood as normal...they often appear to be unaware that what they considered normal when they were children was in fact a state of extreme depletion." - George Monbiot, 2013
"I wouldn't use the word Primitive to refer to people with a richness of life. I would use the word Primitive to refer to myself and my contemporaries, with our progressive poverty of life.
The main part of our poverty is that the richness of life of [our ancestors] is barely accessible to us, even to those of us who have not chained our imaginations...
The strait that separates us from the other shore has been widening for three hundred generations, and whatever was cannibalized from the other shore is no longer a vestige of their activity but an excretion of ours: it's shit.
Reduced to blank slates by school, we cannot know what it was to grow up heirs to thousands of generations of vision, insight, experience.
We cannot know what it was to learn to hear the plants grow, and to feel the growth.
We cannot know what it was to feel the seed in the womb and learn to feel the seed in earth's womb, to feel as Earth feels, and at last to abandon oneself and let Earth possess one, to become Earth, to become the first mother of all life. We're truly poor. Thousands of generations of vision, insight and experience have been erased. Instead of abandoning ourselves, instead of savoring what little we can of their powers, we define and categorize." - Fredy Perlman, 1983