I saw this on expedeherculem’s About page and had to share:
“To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace.” – Tacitus
Gardeners, peasants and nature lovers know what is at stake. In the past I might have added scientists to that list. But too many seem compromised by capitalism and/or narrow educations.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s, “Chill out” comment this summer about GMO foods was so disappointing. Actually, the word disappointed feels too tame. That he would lend his reputation and authority to agribusiness felt like a betrayal: against life and science.
And I recognize the sin of hubris in calling a guy like that out for being ignorant. I realize I am nobody. Not even a rocket scientist. But how is it possible for someone who understands the systems of the universe to not grok how our planet is also a system?
Maybe he doesn’t care because he knows the planet has a life span. Our star will eventually die. Maybe he doesn’t care because the planet has recovered from mass extinctions before. The world might be better off without human pests.
But what I don’t understand is: how anyone can see beauty — like this anole — and not want to protect it?