a solitary revolt

“a good hobby may be a solitary revolt against the commonplace, or it may be the joint conspiracy of a congenial group. that group may, on occasion, be the family. in either event, it is a rebellion, and if a hopeless one, all the better. i cannot imagine a worse jumble than to have the whole body politic suddenly “adopt” all the foolish ideas that smolder in happy discontent beneath the conventional surface of society. there is no such danger. (….) a hobby is perhaps creation’s first denial of the ‘peck-order’ that burdens the gregarious universe, and of which the majority of mankind is still a part.”

– aldo leopold  round river  1953

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