The Penalty of Being An Ecologist

grandmother birch of the Old Wood small

A truly ancient birch or massive proportions, growing in a secret place deep in the Old Wood. Unlike the forest service, I will not cut it down to see how old it is.

“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”

Aldo Leopold

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4 thoughts on “The Penalty of Being An Ecologist

  1. David of Burkwood

    “I am not opposed to science. But I am opposed to those who deify it at the cost of human truth.” – Carl Sagan via ‘Contact’.

    Too often do we blindly religiously worship imperial data and overlook the fact that human emotion – the love of beauty, for instance – too is an evidence, and perhaps the most telling and important kind.

  2. David of Burkwood

    I misspelled and misunderstood the word empirical, I think. Hehe. I meant data collected by solid experiment.

  3. Reblogged this on Shamanic Paths.

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