Wednesday Words on the Wild: Pride

I regularly walk by the above banner posted all around the park in process (it looks like they are replacing some lawn with drought-resistant plants). The “Park Proud” phrase catches my eye every time.

For one thing, I find it amusing/depressing that it’s necessary to encourage people to take pride in our parks (substitute: city, country, etc. as applies). Think of reality shows for an example of how easily pride takes root. Almost every contestant’s parting words, no matter how they placed? A variation of “I’m so proud of myself.” And yet, having pride in something we all share requires prompting.

The other thing the banner reminds me of is the remainder of the quote we reviewed a few weeks ago:

Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.   ~ Stephen T. Mather, NPS Director, 1917-1929




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