Lao-Tsu and Leopold on love and conservation education

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love… We will love only what we understand…We will understand only what we are taught.”    Lao-Tsu

“Man always kills the things he loves, so we the pioneers have killed the wilderness.  Some say we had to.  Be that as it may, I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in.  Of what avail are 40 freedoms without a blank spot on the map.”                                                                       Aldo Leopold,   A Sand County Almanac, 1948

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and the land.  Despite nearly a century of propaganda, conservation still proceeds at a snail’s pace. Progress still consists largely of letterhead pieties and convention oratory.  On the back forty we still slip two steps backward for each forward stride….. The usual answer to this dilemma is “more conservation education”.  No one will debate this, but is it certain that only the volume of education needs stepping up?  Is something lacking in the content as well? “               Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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