Tread lightly. Something I have learned from returning to “el país grande del sur” for more than a decade. We cannot continue perceiving and treating the Earth as simply a place for us to claim, build upon, destruct, desecrate. We can no longer ignore the Earth’s messages for us to stop our patterns of behavior and our patterns of perception. I have not been back to Big Sur since the devastating Soberanes Fire in July, which destroyed thousands of acres of forest, homes and invaluable wildlife. The most costly wildfire to suppress in American history raged on for three months, blazing more ruthlessly than ever because of the ongoing drought in California, but more largely due to global warming. The fire started because of an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park. Every corner of this great earth is in danger. We as a species pose the danger. Our heedless need for conquest lies even in the smallest of details.