to Henry Beston's literary classic and the
spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape Cod
From the pages of Beston's "Northern Farm" ...
millennium ahead of us, I gather, is going to be an age whose ideal is a fantastically
unnatural human passivity. We are to spend our lives in cushioned easy chairs,
growing indolent and heavy while intricate slave mechanisms do practically everything
for us as we loll.
"What a really appalling future! What normal human being would choose it, and what twist of the spirit has created, this sluggish paradise? No, I do not mean that we should take the hardest way. Compromises are natural and right. But a human being protected from all normal and natural hardship simply is not alive."