Sunday Reflection – November 22, 2015

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot…Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher “standard of living” is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important that television, and the chance to find a pasque flower is a right as inalienable as free speech…Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. There is no other way for land to survive the impact of a mechanized people, nor for us to reap from it the aesthetic harvest it is capable, under science, of contributing culture.”

– Aldo Leopold

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