I came across this quote a day after hearing of another dispute between different groups of people with different agendas. The dispute involved moving into a part of a national park and mining it. This would mean less room for the animals already there, and a probable loss of regional flora. Even more than this, it all rests on the assumption that we humans own that land. That the land is there for our benefit, and all other life must accommodate this.
As we take over more land, encroaching on more wild habitat, there are increasing clashes between people and other animals in the region. When I was a child, I was taught that the animal had to pay for any of these clashes. As an adult, I know better.
There are an estimated 7.5 billion people on Earth today. That’s really impossible to fathom. Even if we try to come up with a figure for available land it makes little sense, unless we assume that no other plant or animal has needs that don’t include us. Yet, it’s well known that animals avoid people because we are so dangerous. Most animals couldn’t live in close proximity to us.
So what’s the answer? The answer has to include all life, along with the recognition that we as human beings belong to the world, and not the reverse. That we bear responsibility for the welfare of the world and all Nature. With this in mind, I believe it’s entirely possible to develop ways of living that bring harmony instead of contention. We can all take less space and be more mindful of how we live. We can become familiar with the flora and fauna in our area, along with their needs, in order to accommodate those needs in anything we do.
One step at a time, we can begin to educate ourselves and contribute to the welfare of our planet.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ― Albert Einstein
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