Re: NANFA-- environment and the presidency

Shireen Gonzaga (
Wed, 23 Feb 2000 22:31:42 -0800 (PST)

Jeff, thanks for your insightful and eloquent
comments. While I don't agree with it all, I think you
pin-pointed the fundamental philosophical differences
we have.

> I like to take the middle ground and think that we
> belong here as much as other forms, but we are also
> special. We are matter vested with consciousness-
> eyes, ears, hands and minds of the cosmos.

We belong here, I agree. But I don't think we're any
more "special" than the other organisms we share the
planet with. On this point, I think, we disagree.

Nor do I think we truly respect nature. We act like we
own her. We try to control her, and do what _we_ think
is best for her. We often fail to realize that we are
a part of this larger inter-dependent living system,
that we need to nurture the other parts just as they
nurture us.

Shireen Gonzaga
Baltimore, MD
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