Inspired by Marie’s post about the restorative effect of nature, and Peggy’s post referring to an article, in the Guardian, about nature being loved to death in some National Park areas of the world, I found these wise words:
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world “– John Muir
Planet earth is large, yet the systems we depend on, and everything within, is connected in some way – through the water we drink, the air we breathe, or the soil in which we grow our food.
“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it”– Barry Commoner
Damage to one area can have an unanticipated implication for another system. That might be beneficial, or it might be detrimental. It might help in the short term, but be harmful to diversity long term. The ecosystems are complex, mostly resilient, but also sometimes very fragile.
“When someone points at the moon, don’t look at the finger.”– Ancient Buddhist proverb
Worth remembering is the sageful advice of the Ancient Buddhist proverb, written at a time when the environmental concerns we face today, could never have been contemplated. Yet the words seem just as applicable today.
I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader.
Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.
Normally I would invite your comment and discussion on the various interpretations and intentions, of the weekly sayings and proverbs.
This week, I am inspired by Manja, and appreciate any comments or opinions you feel moved to offer, of your own volition.
As always, everyone’s opinion is important and should be respected.