Re: NANFA-- poaching

Jay DeLong (
Sun, 03 Jun 2001 07:43:49 -0700


>My friends, what exactly do we mean by natural balance? If I take
>a dozen minnows with a net, that's "poaching", but if a DNR-
>stocked largemouth bass eats them, then it's "nature". If I fill in a
>swamp for a condo development then I am a bad guy, but if a
>tornado sucks all the fish up then it's OK, that's just Mother Nature.

That kinda describes all our environmental problems, doesn't it--
conflicting needs and views on resource use. I think it comes down to
several things:
- your definition of the word Nature
- how you view the distinction between human effects and natural causes
- personal ethics/responsibility/accountability; how you view yourself and
your actions in relation to (or in spite of!) all that's going on around you.
- present use/exploitation vs a future-based outlook

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA

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