I’ve been reading and writing about wolves, cormorants, elk, and many other creatures who are being killed off by mankind in the name of conservation. Whether he/she be a hunter killing game, a rancher who employs lethal predator control, or an ecologist who justifies killing in the name of controlling Nature’s ecosystems, I am deeply disturbed by it all – especially since there are life respecting alternatives in all cases. And, with this respect for life comes a solution to our ecological crisis and a healthy environment.
So, please forgive me, dear reader, if I “vent” by offering to you the words of someone who expresses my feelings and ethics on the subject far better than I can.
“Late on the third day, at the very moment when at sunset we were making our way through a herd of hippopotamuses, there flashed upon my mind, unforeseen and unsought: “Reverence for Life.”
“Who among us knows what significance any other kind of life has in itself, as a part of the universe? For the truly ethical man, all life is sacred, including that which from the human point of view seems lower in scale. If a person has been touched by the ethic of Reverence for Life, he injures and destroys life only when he cannot avoid doing so, and never from thoughtlessness.
“Every person is born with the concept:
” ‘ I am life which wills to live, in the midst of life which wills to live’. From this conflict comes death and destruction. But if he understands Reverence for Life, at last the will-to-live, that fierce affirmative force which holds us all by the throat vanishes. In its place there is only the will-to-love, and the blessings of healing, and the sense of communion with all living things.”
–– From: “Out of My Life and Thought”
by Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965
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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.