Nature's Age-Old Round

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Yesterday while talking about projects with a friend over coffee, I remembered this quote from The Ice Museum. If I remember correctly, Fridtjof Nansen had spent a winter stranded in the Arctic after a failed attempt at reaching the North Pole when, quite by accident, he was found and rescued by fellow explorer Frederick Jackson. His melancholic observation of projects that don't quite pan out resonates on a somewhat lower level with those of us who tend to assess stages of project development (and abandonment) at the change of seasons:

Nature goes her age-old round impassively; summer changes into winter; spring vanishes away; autumn comes, and finds us still a chaotic whirl of daring projects and shattered hopes.

Fridtjof Nansen, as quoted in the The Ice Museum, by Joanna Kavenna



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