Compassionate Viewpoint

“But, to love nature and to hate humanity is illogical. Humanity is part of the whole. To truly love the world is also to love human ingenuity and playfulness. Nature does not need to be cleansed of human artifacts to be beautiful or coherent. Yes, we should be less greedy, untidy, wasteful, and shortsighted. But let us not turn responsibility into self-hatred. Our biggest failing is, after all, lack of compassion for the world. Including ourselves.”

~ David George Haskell,  The Forest Unseen

(Quote Source: goodreads.com)

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I took this photo in 2014 of a ranch in Wyoming — a setting that seemed such a lovely representation of humans working with and for nature.

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From a Distance

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From a distance the world looks blue and green,

     and the snow-capped mountains white.

From a distance the ocean meets the stream,

     and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,

     and it echoes through the land.

It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,

     it’s the voice of every man.

from the lyrics for ‘From A Distance’ (Bette Midler)