elegy for the elegists

So the world is inundated with environmental destruction, political maneuvers, piercing ideologies, and power struggles. But encompassing this world is the factual earth, which does not strive. I recall a passage from an essay “The Nature of Nature Writing” by David Rains Wallace: “It’s important to know how bad things are, but to me there’s something unimaginative about the elegists. As dealers in myth, writers ought to know better than to let technocrats and salesmen mesmerize them into believing that civilization can conquer nature. They should understand that this is a myth, too, what one might call the myth of nature as loser. But nature is not a loser because it is not a competitor . . . [We] are capable of reducing the biosphere to dust.  It is not nature that will have lost in that event.”