Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature … but man is a part of nature, and this war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.*
Go well, do well, my children! Support all endeavours that promise a better life for the inhabitants of our planet. Cherish sunsets, wild creations, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the Earth!*
It isn’t gratitude if it doesn’t go anywhere – if something doesn’t return in some form of thankfulness to the giver or is shared with those we notice most of all and – never to be left out – with our wonderful planet without which we would not be here.
If we’re not moved in these ways, we’ll keep consuming and the planet will keep shrinking and shrinking as species disappear, as water acidifies, as beauty is perceived by the powerful only to be a mantle hiding commodities we want to get at.
(*From Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)