Conservation: (n) the action of conserving something
There are many noble causes, but each is ill-served by advocates who are bratty and self-righteous.
I am more than willing to listen to anyone explain the importance of a rain forest or even why it is good to keep the glaciers frozen. What I will
not tolerate is an individual who thinks I am ignorant because I don’t already know it, or judges my reaction as being insufficient to the need.
It is actually quite possible to plant more trees without hugging the existing ones.
It is certainly powerful to enjoy Christmas without insisting that everyone react to it and celebrate it exactly the same way you do.
Conservation always puts our eyes too much on the affairs and lifestyle of others. We begin to believe that our cause is so significant that anyone who might suggest we are a trifle overwrought is an enemy of life or God.
Here is the perspective, and order of importance, for Planet Earth:
- And video games (I’m just trying to gear this to the Millennials.)
(click the elephant to see what he’s reading!)