From Aldo Leopold in his A Sand County Almanac:
One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.
Among many other notable efforts, Aldo Leopold attempted to reconcile Ecology with economic imperatives. I still, however, cannot stomach the encouragement of hunting which Leopold’s post mortem Foundation pursues.
the lonely I lays
longingly a look lifeward
lost … languishingly
The year I got to teach environmental science at the secondary level in a private school, I ran across a general science textbook published in the early 1970’s in which it was asserted that wetlands should be drained to reduce the spread of disease and for productive utilization.
And it is my homestead scale brook trout aquaculture on this seasonally dry hillside that has brought into fine focus the complexity of the life management husbandry involves. Balance is ephemeral. Paraphrasing Jefferson’s, “constant vigilance is the price of freedom”, it is the price of responsibility. Particularly in the United States, isn’t the most cherished right the perceived right to be irresponsible? Such is the very nature of our trusted perception of wealth.