Re: Life Duty Death & Denial

Marty G. Price (mprice@Ra.MsState.Edu)
Sun, 17 Sep 1995 07:42:00 -0500

On 17 Sep 1995, Javilk wrote:

> And then you [Richard Grant] give an Excellent analogy of a burning
library. It is
> well worth considering whether talking or trying to throw the books out
> the window is more appropriate.
> I, however, would dispute whether the library is "on fire", or if the
> attendants are just routinely discarding books to make way for new ones.
> Read on.
> [one sophisticated and detailed argument snipped; no intent to

>From your analogy, this librarian is inclined to ask, "But have the
attendants gone mad? Are they casting out unique first editions to make
way for dozens and dozens of identical copies of the latest best-sellers,
books which will be nearly worthless in six months?"

My concern is that we are a species out of equilibrium with our
environment---"a plague of locusts"---whose burdgeoning population and
whose unique capacity to create various poisons (industry) does not bode
well for our own continued quality of life. Our actions affect, first,
our own species. The Earth will live on, responding creatively to
whatever conditions we leave behind.

We are part of the cycle; given the choice I would much rather be part of
a well-nourished stable species than a boom-and-bust one.

Blessed Be,

Red Deer