• If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element, changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the opposite reason -- its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself. To value gold over water is to value economy over ecology, that which can be locked up over that which connects all things.

    Rebecca Solnit (2008). “Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics”, p.124, Univ of California Press