Barry Holstun Lopez: “We Create Wolves”

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“We create wolves. The methodology of science creates a wolf just as surely as does the metaphysical vision of a native American, or the enmity of a cattle baron of the nineteenth century. It is only by convention that the first is considered enlightened observation, the second fanciful anthropomorphism, and the third agricultural necessity. Each of these visions flows, historically, from man’s never-ending struggle to come to grips with the nature of the universe.”

-Barry Holstun Lopez, “Of Wolves and Men”, 1978

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