John Muir-contemporary of Thoreau and Emerson.
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The world, we are told,was made especially for man, a presumption not supported by all the facts.A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything, living or dead, in all God’s universe, which they cannot eat or render in some way what they call useful to themselves.They have precise dogmatic insight of the intentions of the Creator, and it is hardly possible to be guilty of irreverence in speaking of their God any more than of heathen idols…It never seems to occur to these far-seeking teachers that Nature’s object in making animals and plants might possibly be the first of all the happiness of each one of them, not the creation of all the happiness of one…The universe would be incomplete without man;but it would also be incomplete the smallest trans-microscopic creature that dwells beyond our conceited eyes and knowledge…they are eath-born companions and our fellow mortals. From-“A thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf”-The Wisdom of John Muir-Anne Rowthorn
<Embed from Getty Images >John Muir-founder of Sierra Club and contemporary of Emerson and Thoreau.