Every once in a while someone puts a thought so well that other people ought to know about it. As I come across such a wise saying, or wise crack, I’ll put it in a post like this, for a while at least.
Here’s the first one.
We know now what was unknown to all the preceding caravan of generations: that men are only fellow-voyagers with other creatures in the odyssey of evolution. This new knowledge should have given us, by this time, a sense of kinship with fellow-creatures; a wish to live and let live; a sense of wonder over the magnitude and duration of the biotic enterprise.
–Aldo Leopold, 1949
These two sentence come from a brief essay “On a Monument to the Pigeon” included as one of the sketches in A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Leopold was probably America’s most insightful thinker on conservation.