Ever get “Assembly Required” furniture from IKEA? I remember we got 2 sets of loft beds with student desks beneath them for our youngest daughters who shared a room. There were so many screws and wooden pegs and brackets included. God forbid we leave one out and our child plunges to the floor amid splinters of wood!
“To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” – Aldo Leopold
Why are we not as careful with our planet as we are with our furniture? You see a bug looking at you the wrong way, and you squash it. You see a weed growing in the wrong place, and you pluck it. If you don’t think you’ll need it, you plow it under, rip it out, poison it or shoot it to extinction.
Many years ago, my son in his pre-school ignorance was walking a trail in the redwoods of California with his grandfather when they came upon a banana slug, bright yellow, slimy and directly in their path. “What is THAT?” he asked. “A banana slug,” replied Grandpa George. “How do you kill it?” was the next thing out of my son’s mouth. That little exchange was later reported to me by my father and has haunted me since the telling.
We are all ignorant of the full worth of Nature. Let us be careful to tread lightly and reverently.