A Better Chance of Survival

“I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.” – E.B. White

My sons and I took a walk through our field and around the pond yesterday and my youngest gathered specimens of the most interesting flora along the way. He started with pinecones and pokeweed and ended with honeysuckle (after hearing about the sweet drops of nectar hidden deep in the flower). There were so many different and wonderful sights and smells that it was hard to leave the world crafted by nature and reenter the world made by man.

Dominion is so very different from domination. It is a terrible privilege, one that begins and ends in devotion.

6 thoughts on “A Better Chance of Survival

  1. Zach

    Domination gives you the illusion of control, and can have a more immediate impact, but the bottom will always fall out from under you with that method. Dominion is usually more subtle, and like all natural processes, needs a certain amount of time to be effective.

    To have dominion over the natural world you have to be willing to change yourself as much as you are requiring a change from nature.


  2. Joshua

    I look forward to re-employing the practice of devotion, that the door to dominion be re-opened. Thanks Gregg, for the perfectly painted picture of such.


  3. Strawberryfield

    Trying to make the natural world conform to some idea of what would be good for mankind is capricious at best. When we consider the instability of what is deemed important or worthy by the self serving interests of pro tempore rulers it’s easy to understand why the conservation of this planet is in shambles. Long term thinking is usually lacking when the responsibility of stewardship is missing.


  4. DeeDee Miller

    Thanks for taking us on a nature walk through your son’s experience – so sweet! I felt myself ‘re-entering’ the world made by man with a much greater sense of responsibility and vigilance.


  5. Kai Newell

    For certain the spirit of appreciation will increase the chance of survival. It is the key in fact, because if as a species we don’t flip our roles from dictators to stewards then nothing else on the planet stands a chance. Great post!!


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