An excerpt from the October 2014 Bioneers radio interview with Terry Tempest Williams at the 25th Anniversary Bioneers Conference. Full interview will be made available on Bioneers Radio.
"I think this is such a poignant time. I am aware every single day of this full range of expression. I think of T.S. Eliot, turning shadow into transient beauty. And, you know, living in the desert you hear the coyotes crying; you see them calling at the moon; you see drought; you see fish stranded on the cracked sand; you see willow flycatchers surviving, and you think if the willow flycatcher can continue to sing between intervals of thunder, then we can too.
And I think I cry everyday, and not because I'm sad but because I feel. And I think in many ways that's our most important task at this moment in time is to not avert our gaze, to not allow ourselves to be numb to the world. I think being numb is another form of suicide.
And, you know, the question emerges: How shall we live?
And I want to live as openly, as wildly, as present as I can.
I think of the wonderful haiku by Issa:
Insects on a bow
And I think that's, you know, that's what we're doing. We're singing. All of us. And it's one of the things that's so daunting to me when you step into community here at Bioneers is we are singing, even in the midst of heartbreak."
-Terry Tempest Williams