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Unformatted text preview: these people on how to cope with these circumstances. However, despite his immense ecological concern for the sustainability of human-environment relations and his strong desire to help, Rhoades remains an observer. I think that is what makes his writing so compelling: the fact that he describes a need for change, while simultaneously regarding their mountain culture as wise, expressing immense gratitude for what these people do. It was a very different take on a world that is so foreign to most Westerners. Rhoades illustrates his experience in a way that allows us to understand that there is a great crisis at hand, but he also informs us that the mountain people are not at fault and are in fact efficient, and that their culture is truly beautiful....
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