Monday thought of the week: forging bonds

A thought:

Yet I also appreciate that we cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well—for we will not fight to save what we do not love (but only appreciate in some abstract sense). So let them all continue—the films, the books, the television programs, the zoos, the little half acre of ecological preserve in any community, the primary school lessons, the museum demonstrations, even [thought you will never find me there] the 6:00 A.M. bird walks.
Let them continue and expand because we must have visceral contact in order to love. We really must make room for nature in our hearts.

- Stephen Jay Gould (evolutionary biologist and popularizer of science), “Unenchanted Evening.” In Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History (New York: W.W. Norton, 1994), p. 40

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