Ideas that add up #217

Three centuries before the term was invented, his [Shakespeare’s] Friar Laurence enunciated the basic principle of ecology in declaring in part

For nothing so vile that on the earth does live / But to the earth some special good does give.

In a society that assumed that the natural world was designed as a supportive setting for man, Shakespeare could have been speaking, four centuries later, as a contemporary of our own in having Jaques repine

that we / Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what’s worse, / To fright the animals and kill them up / In their assigned and native dwelling place

Charlton Ogburn in The Man Who Was Shakespeare
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