If everything in the land body has a purpose, like the wolf or the juniper, then what is ours — our human purpose — collectively, as a species? Leopold dichotomizes between the land body and the human body, yet he also speaks of ecology and the relationships of all things in the context of a system.
For instance, of what use is it that humans go into nature to excavate our own psyches? We do it. We are unique in our ability to do it. How does that contribute to the ecological whole?
Leopold also says that, “Man kills what he loves,”
and that, “An ecologist lives alone in a world of wounds.”
I use creative non-fiction, autobiographical fiction, and poetry to communicate, connect, and understand.