Even though it is the demise of earthly forests that elicits our concern, we must bear in mind that as culture-dwellers we do not live so much in forests of trees as in forests of words. And the source of the blight that afflicts the earth's forests must be sought in the word-forests - that is, in the world we articulate.
Neil Evernden, The Natural Alien
This quote is the epigraph to Ch. 1 of K. David Harrison's The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages. Engrossing read right now. More on it later. Just thought it'd be something worth considering and perhaps responding to in terms of what you make of this quote. I often put quotes like this (earlier this week, I used a Bruce Lee quote) to open as conversation starters for the daily writing journals that my students are required to write.