Life, Destruction, and Incidental Use

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Every creature, large and small deserves a chance to survive. As a species, we can  do better than this.

“A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Can he who has discovered only some of the values of whalebone and whale oil be said to have discovered the true use of the whale? Can he who slays the elephant for his ivory be said to have “seen the elephant”? These are petty and accidental uses; just as if a stronger race were to kill us in order to make buttons and flageolets of our bones; for everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.”

From: The Maine Woods, Henry David Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau

This particular quote seems appropriate for my personal new year resolution of extreme conscientiousness in all consumption.  I am far from perfect but nothing should needlessly suffer on my account; especially for luxury and comfort.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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