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“We've designed chemicals with the intent of killing things. Our hearts, our blood, our genes are very similar to birds', to fish. The hormones that fish use in their reproduction are exactly, chemically exactly, the hormones that we use. Testosterone is testosterone, doesn't matter if you're a frog or fish, dog or cat or a human. So when you generate a chemical to kill one organism, to target some biological aspect of one organism, of course it's going to affect other organisms because we all have this evolutionary history that we share . . . If we're putting a chemical in the water that causes fish to develop abnormally, why do we think we can drink that water and be fine? If we're putting chemicals in the air that cause bees and insects to collapse and to undergo poor health, why do we think we can breath in that air and be OK?”

Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
Island Earth, 2017

“I can't always be in the wild. Sometimes I have to be in places that smell of fear, fumes, and ambition. When I'm there it helps very much to know that badgers are asleep inside a Welsh hill, that an otter is turning over stones in one of the Rockford pools, that a fox is blinking in the same sun that makes me sweat in my tweed coat, that a red stag is cutting amongst ghost trees by a stone circle near Hoar Oak, and that there's a swift hatched above my Oxford study hunting almost beyond human sight in the high, hot blue over the Congo River. That these things should be a comfort is strange. They should taunt, not comfort. They should say, ‘you're not there—ha, ha, ha’. Why does that not happen? Well, I note that I get a similar sense of comfort only from being assured of the continued existence of things, and notably people, that, whatever love is, I love. Perhaps then, whatever love means, I love these creatures.”

Charles Foster
Being a Beast

“Mei Yao-ch'en says: ‘The only chance of life lies in giving up all hope of it.’”

Sun Tzu
The Art of War