7 thoughts on “Query”

  1. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    –Robert Heinlein

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  2. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

    –Robert Heinlein

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  3. Ann Zwinger:Quite obviously, being an old-fashioned naturalist involved energy,devotion,and enthusiasm.One followed the naturalist's path for the love of doing and the joy of learning, not for the profit….It provided intellectual challenges and aesthetic pleasures and pleasant friendships.

    Or, somewhat lacking in context, but
    evoking a universal emotion,EH:
    He started to pull the fish in….I want to see him, he thought,and to touch and feel him. He is my fortune, he thought.But that is not why I wish to feel him. I think I felt his heart…

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  4. Vicki Hearne in "What's Wrong with Animal Rights"–

    ". . .[T]here is something more to animals. A capacity for satisfactions that come from work in the fullest sense — what is known in philosophy and in this country's Declaration of Independence as "happiness." . . .Happiness is often misunderstood as a synonym for pleasure or as an antonym for suffering."

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  5. I am going too use all of these, and several sent in personal email. But I think I'll start with Anne Zwinger, then Vicki.

    (Was there ever as clear a thinker on animals? Her early death was a tragedy for us AND our non- human congeners).

    Then some here, and for big game opening, Ortega. Keep 'em coming…

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  6. Possibilities from Edward O Wilson:

    –"In Search of Nature"- The brain evolved into its present form over a period of about 2 million years,…during which people existed in hunter-gather bands in intimate contact with the natural environment. Snakes mattered. The smell of water, the hum of a bee, the directional bend of a plant stalk mattered….We stay alert and alive in the vanished forests of the world.

    –" The Diversity of Life"-Humanity is a part of nature, a species that evolved among other species. The more closely we identify ourselves with the rest of life, the more quickly we will be able to discover the sources of human sensibility…

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