Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

The great number of living species on the earth, hundreds of thousands of kinds of animals and plants, are arranged over the planet, not at random, but in organized and structured communities of living things.... Each community is distinct, the species within each are tied together in intricate networks of energy flows or pathways of chemical raw materials from soil, air, and water through various plants to various animals. Disturbance of any part of a community affects all parts.

--Raymond Dasmann, "An Environment Fit for People" Public Affair pamphlet #421, Public Affairs Committee, N.Y.

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3 comments:

  1. This reminds me of what Chief Seattle also said:

     "This we know - the Earth does not belong to man - man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected." “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” 

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  2. Yes, and also like John Muir's "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." 

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  3. There you go with the Taoist quotes again. :)

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