Another shot of Leopold and some Old Testament for today's posting. I see a wonderful parallel between this and Ecclesiastes 3:19-20.
Ecology tries to understand the interactions between living things and their environment. Every living thing represents an equation of give and take. Man or mouse, oak or orchid, we take a livelihood from our land and our fellows, and give in return an endless succession of acts and thoughts, each of which changes us, our fellows, our land, and its capacity to yield us a further living. Ulitmately we give ourselves.
From Ecology and Politics, Published in 1941.
Man's fate is like that of animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.
From Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, Published sometime around, or shorly after the reign of King Solomon