Friday, July 13, 2012

bringing more to the world

Excerpt from the book The View From Lazy Point by Carl Safina

We each make our solo voyages to deep, expansive waters. Alone in our contest with the wider world, we test our mettle and seek our trophies, promotions, compliments, and accolades. We strive to be needed and to thereby know that there is a reason for us. We seek to be told we are good because we're too unsure of ourselves to know. Yet often we remain so focused on our neediness that we forget the creatures - human and otherwise - we're drawing into the vortex of our own passion play. All of us have compulsive loves we must forbear. We forget to see that we can engage the world without harming it. And although we fish for approval, the challenge is : to capture our prizes while bringing more to the world than we take. 


I'm thinking about this phrase again and again - 'bringing more to the world than we take'. How can we engage the world without harming it?

I think so far we have been directly the cause for all the destruction around us. How much have I contributed to the world? is an interesting question to ask myself.
and what a beautiful writer Carl Safina is! I'm thoroughly enjoying reading this book. It is one of the best i've ever read so far.


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