When the legends die, the dreams end;
there is no more greatness.
Our purpose is to open a path into the woods of the American memory and imagination to renew the inner life of the individual human being.
We live today in the long after-light of America's founding fire, kindled of the wilderness and sparked by enlightened thought. We are hardly conscious that the fire that lay behind us is the fire that smolders within us, for we have left the woods so far behind we do not recognize how little fuel is left for fire.
Yet there is an ever-growing sense that something has gone missing. It has something to do with the founding ideals of independence, freedom and equality. It has something to do with the renaissance of those ideals as individuality, self-reliance and simplicity. It has to do with land's end, with interdependence, with the West and wilderness. It has to do with native beginnings and mythic landscapes and archetypes of experience.
The ideals with which the world associates the transcendental idea of America grew out of an identifiable circumstance, a marriage of mature Old World culture and native New World woods. Where those two great forces met in union, "perpetually passing into one another," they yielded a spirit that transcends circumstance and satisfies a perennial human longing for paradise.
They found no example and no companion, and their heart fainted. What then?