Our universe might be, in proportion to such another world, only a speck of dust
Worlds die as they are born. They are born, they die of them all the time. And creation, always imperfect, continues in incessant metamorphosis. [...] The heavens, which were thought to be incorruptible, know no eternal life but the eternal flow of things.
[...] When we say life, we mean the activity of organised substance, in the conditions in which we see it manifesting itself on earth. But it may be that life also occurs in different environments, at very high or very low temperatures, in inconceivable forms. […]
It is also possible that these millions of suns, joined to billions that we do not see, all together form only a blood or lymph globule in the body of an animal, an imperceptible insect, hatched in a world whose greatness we cannot conceive of and yet which would itself be, in proportion to such another world, only a speck of dust. Nor is it absurd to suppose that centuries of thought and intelligence live and die before us in a minute in an atom.
Mariners had painstakingly mapped the coastlines of the continents. Geographers had translated these findings into charts and globes. Photographs of ...
It's the idea that people living close to nature tend to be noble. It's seeing all those sunsets that does it. You can't watch a sunset and then go off and set fire to your neighbor's tepee. Living close to nature is wonderful for your mental health.
But we can easily extend this hypothesis [that nature has beneficial effects on the physical, cognitive and emotional well-being of individuals] to the conservation of biodiversity. [Ecologists] refer to the extinction of the experience of nature, which they have mainly applied in urban areas. The idea is as follows: from generation to generation, young people live less and less in contact with nature (because there are fewer of them and because their lifestyles limit such contact), at the very moment they are building their identity. The part of their identity that integrates their intimate relationships with their natural environment would therefore diminish from generation to generation. Not because of a lack of education, but mainly because of a decline in opportunities and desires to experience nature without constraint, freely and in their own personal way.
The consequences of this decrease appear in adulthood: with a weaker environmental identity, they are less in demand for nature in their daily lives, they integrate it less in their actions. (...) But if we do not collectively take biodiversity into consideration in our lifestyles, then we will suffer.
An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.