This plaque accompanies a statue of three men reading and talking just outside the entrance to Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas. It reads:
Civilization shouts, gives orders, writes rules, puts man in institutions, and intimidates him with a thousand irritating directives. In return it offers him protections, soul salvation, and a living if he can find it. Nature looks down on him and broods in silence. The noises of running streams and wind in the trees are its own, not directed at but soothing to him because he heard them before he heard the noises of civilization.
Walter Prescott Webb, 1889-1963
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