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my actions don't directly bother or harm other human beings—or
negatively impact their property—I believe I'm free to do whatever
I want with my body, my machines or my property—including land I own. I
don't think we live on a small planet since it's big enough to seem mostly
devoid of human presence over vast areas. If we ever do run out of living
space / resources on Earth, we'll simply go elsewhere in space for them.
recognize I'm part of some integrated whole that interfaces with a bigger
human community and the natural world. Rather than acting as I
please, I know I must respect that bigger whole—whether it's my
immediate family, village, urban water cycle, natural ecosystem, etc.
—and limit my impacts based on ethical, scientific, and other
considerations. I believe we live on a small planet and that our
collective actions are increasingly making our planetary home unlivable.
Going elsewhere in space to live is a fantasy: If we ruin Earth, we have
no viable Plan B.
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from Coming of Age in the Global Village, by Stephen P. Cook, with Donella H. Meadows.