Friday, June 17, 2011

Douglas Preston, "Sacredness"

“According to a new theory advanced by the Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson, called the biophilia hypothesis, the sacredness of the landscape is not some nebulous religious idea.  It is rooted in our very genes.  We do not love the beauty of the natural world by accident; we evolved to love it.  This love is so profound that it is actually encoded in our genes, and it helped us survive in the landscape.  If we continue to destroy the landscape that we love, our species will carry forever the dull ache of that loss.”
- Douglas Preston, “Talking to the Ground”

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