Imposing limits on personal behavior is anathema to many Americans. A part of our tradition says, ‘I’ll do what I damn well please, and the rest of the world be damned!’ That ethic, which abhors restraint of any kind, has indeed damned the world by trashing the environment at every self-indulgent turn.
—STEPHEN ALTSCHULER, The Mindful Hiker: On the Trail to Find the Path, 2004
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