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"We depend on the natural world... for our very sanity"

"We are dependent on the natural world for the very air we breathe and every particle of food we eat. Many people, including me, would say we are dependent on it for our very sanity." — Sir David Attenborough

Bite Notes: David Attenborough is a world-famous naturalist and broadcaster who was speaking on 18th Jan 2012 at an event in London for the World Land Trust, a charity for which he is patron.

He added that in the past the attitude has been simply to move on when a resource is used up:

"We've been grossly extravagant. We've been brought up in the time when if one bit of land is ruined we get another. I think it's about time we dealt with this in a sensible way and we don't waste land."

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byLarry L

January 19, 2012

Anything with quotes by David Attenborough works for me!
byBrian Ettling

January 20, 2012

Love David Attenborough. Great quote. It is a very jarring though that we keep ruining land thinking that we will get more. That thought will stay with me.
byTom Smerling

January 24, 2012

I've pondered for decades why we find wild nature so healing, so restorative. Still pondering, but it seems to be something along these lines:

The boundaries of "self" are defined by contact with the "non-self", or the "other." Living only in a 100% man-made world is like living in a crazy-making Hall of Mirrors.

Deprived of contact with the "non-self," you become isolated, boundaries blurr, narcissism expands, and you get a bit crazy. The myth of King Midas, Martin Buber's I and Thouand Bill McKibben's End of Nature come to mind.

OK, that's my "Deep Thought" :) for the week!

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