Posted by: atowhee | November 5, 2021

ON TREES, AND SURVIVAL

“We end, I think, at what might be called the standard paradox of the twentieth century: our tools are better than we are. And grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides.  But they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”                                              –Aldo Leopold

“Like winds and sunset, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them.  Now we face the question of whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its costs in things natural wild, and free.”                                            –Leopold

“In arid regions we attempt to offset the process of wastage by reclamation, but it is only evident that the prospective longevity of reclamation projects is often short.  In our own West, the best of them may not last a century.”                          –Leopold

“Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit—in a world that is limited.  Ruin is the destruction toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons.”         –Garret Hardin


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