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Thinking like a mountain

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Thinking Like a Mountain A deep chesty bawl echoes from rimrock to rimrock, rolls down the mountain, and fades  into the far blackness of the night.  It is an outburst of wild defiant sorrow, and of  contempt for all the adversities of the world. Every living thing (and perhaps many a dead one as well) pays heed to that call.  To the deer it is a reminder of the way of all flesh, to the pine a forecast of midnight  scuffles and of blood upon the snow, to the coyote a promise of gleanings to come, to  the cowman a threat of red ink at the bank, to the hunter a challenge of fang against  bullet.  Yet behind these obvious and immediate hopes and fears there lies a deeper  meaning, known only to the mountain itself.  Only the mountain has lived long enough to  listen objectively to the howl of a wolf. Those unable to decipher the hidden meaning know nevertheless that it is there,  for it is felt in all wolf country, and distinguishes that country from all other land.  It  tingles in the spine of all who hear wolves by night, or who scan their tracks by day.  Even without sight or sound of wolf, it is implicit in a hundred small events: the midnight  whinny of a pack horse, the rattle of rolling rocks, the bound of a fleeing deer, the way  shadows lie under the spruces.  Only the ineducable tyro can fail to sense the presence  or absence of wolves, or the fact that mountains have a secret opinion about them.
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