I guess I never knew Emerson thought along these lines.

“This great savage country should be furloughed by the plough, and combed by the harrow; these rough Alleganies should know their master; his foaming torrents should be bestride by proud arches of stone; these wild prairies should be loaded with wheat; the swamps with rice; the hilltops should pastor in numerable sheep and cattle… How much better when the whole land is a guard, and the people have grown up in the powers of paradise”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Uncommon Ground
Reinventing Eden