On Keeping All The Parts
In the same morning, I ran across this statement by Also Leopold (a man about which more soon)…
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: ‘What good is it?’ If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of eons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”
…And then found this essay (recorded at the NPR station in Roanoke some while back–an essay that was in the final selections for the second book but mysteriously disappeared in the editing.) It sings the praises of those often unappreciated and seemingly inconsequential smaller cogs and wheels of our local ecosystem, the “beautiful insects of summer.” Click to listen, 3.5 minutes.