Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote



We are much more fascinated with the man-made than with the natural. We are more impressed with what we have made than with what is just there. We are constantly making improvements on nature and applauding our cleverness. We prefer our animals to be anthropomorphic and our mice to be Mickeys.... It's a form of human narcissism, I suppose. We find teeny transistors more marvelous than seeds, Disneylands more extraordinary than natural ones.

--"Plastic World" from At Large by Ellen Goodman

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10 comments:

  1. Nice quote! I was cleaning restrooms yesterday and saw that someone had placed a stick in the toilet to save a drowning kangaroo rat. I like this picture!

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  2. Not all of us are or do!  And I think that's why we read each other's blogs, those of us who aren't and don't. :-)

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  3. Yes, I could have added "Present company excepted" to this quote!

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  4. Proof that not everyone insists their rodents be Mickeys!

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  5. One good quote deserves another:  Hast thou named all the birds without a gun? Loved the wood rose and left it on its stalk?...Oh be my friend, and teach me to be thine.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  6. Along "mouse-lines" have a look at this:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/17/3247081.htm

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  7. Whoa! The farmers would especially prefer Mickeys, I think. Are these mice indigenous to Oz? If they are, has something happened to their predators? Or maybe this is one of those occasional eruptions in a population?

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  8. I hadn't heard this one before, Alice, thanks!

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  9. love love LOVE the Emerson quote---may have to do my haiku on that one :-) 

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  10. I much prefer the natural world!

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