Author: Bill McKibben
Or do we begin to understand again what once was common knowledge - that they're marvelous for their own reasons, that they matter independently of us?
That piece of information can come only when you accept nature and its component parts on their own terms - small and placid and dull and parts of systems, as well as big and flashy and fierce and soulful. Alone on a mountain you do start slowly to learn this lesson - it's inevitable if you lie on your back for hours and watch the hawks just circle, or lie on your stomach and watch the ducks just swim. They are not there for you - they are there because the world belong to them too.