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Thread subject: Connections
||12/15/04 06:09 pm
||I thought of how important each nest, bird and person is when I read this.
Subject: [Thoughts1] Thought for the Day
Date: December 15, 2004 1:10:00 AM PST
A Thought for the Day From Sri Eknath Easwaran
All things by immortal power
Near or far,
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star.
- Francis Thompson
The science of ecology teaches us that everything in the universe
is connected. We cannot separate ourselves from the consequences
of even the least of our actions: whatever we do here comes back
there. This is the law of the unity of life. Like gravity or any
other law of nature, you cannot break it; you can only break
yourself against it.
If you throw a bottle into the air, it will return to earth and
shatter. Similarly, if you act in a way that violates the unity
of life -- polluting the atmosphere, wasting precious resources,
ignoring the needs of others -- you will find your health, your
peace of mind, and your happiness destroyed.
We are not separate fragments. Like all the animals and plants,
we depend on each other and on the environment. During the
next few decades, I believe, scientists will be instrumental
in showing us the connections between our daily lives and
the environment, in helping us find noninvasive, nonpolluting
alternative energy sources, and in exploring and defending the
world's great resources. Today we need good science more than
ever. Yet we must exercise extreme vigilance; for though
science is a useful servant, it is a terrible master.
||12/16/04 02:38 am
||Profound Cathy, profound!
||12/16/04 05:34 am
||Most definitely....Thanks Cathy.
||12/16/04 12:44 pm
||My hopes are that science will save us but sometimes it looks bleak .... as fast as studies come out the environment changes even faster and the economic forces in the world continue to refuse to changes ... but with all of us trying every day maybe we will persevere!