“To see and respect what is there is the first duty of stewardship. “I don’t know what they are,” the farm wife said, but I don’t want anybody fooling with them.”  that is an ecological principle, and a religious one. If you don’t know what it is, don’t fool with it.  Don’t use it carelessly.  don’t destroy it.  and who knows in any ultimate or final sense what any creature is?  The biochemist Erwin Chargaff has written that “Even the most exact of our exact sciences float above…abysses tha tcannot be explored.”             Wendall Barry, The Gift of Good Land



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