Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"That this beauty shall remain..."

"Some people say that we live in two worlds--the world of what is and the world of what ought to be. But a full appreciation of the beauty and wonder of the world closes the gap between what is and what ought to be. If this is the way the world is--beautiful, astonishing, wondrous, awe-inspiring--then this is how we ought to act in that world--with respect, with deep caring and fierce protectiveness, and with a full sense of our obligation to the future, that this beauty shall remain."

From Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson (Trinity University Press, 2010).