Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

What has gone wrong, probably, is that we have failed to see ourselves as part of a large and indivisible whole.  For too long, we have based our lives on a primitive feeling that our "God-given" role was to have 'dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.'  We have failed to understand that the earth does not belong to us, but we to the earth.
                                                                                                                --Rolf Edberg


  1. Roxie sez
    There are already far too many people on earth to live in harmony with nature's balance.  And I, for one, am reluctant to give up indoor plumbing and return to a more eco-friendly life style.  What to do?  Well,  every little bit helps.  I recycle. I try to drive less. I advocate birth control. but people seem reluctant to give up their extra kids when they already have 3.5.  I dunno . . .

  2. I've never seen this one fully quoted. Very Taoist.

  3. So true and so timely.  But will we be able to discipline ourselves, even humble ourselves?  Humanity is the only species that displays arrogance.

  4.  I agree with you, and I think this is the key: that we still do SOMETHING --even though we know it is not enough. It's easy to be overwhelmed and cynical and just plain give up. It's courageous and nonsensical and absurdly optimistic to recycle and drive less and carry your own bags to the grocery store and turn off lights when you leave the room and the water while you brush your teeth... The only way we can make a difference is by being unreasonable about what we can accomplish.