The below is taken from a ruminative essay on the term "natural resources," which has so many sinister and unhealthy connotations full of exploitation and navel gazing. But in this snippet I see how we should approach garden design:
"It is how we represent, and thus come to know, the things we
manipulate, that influences the nature of our acts. Do we take from
nature with respect and with love in our hearts? Or do we do it with a
self-interested utility, that is over-intellectualized by economics,
resulting in the bastardization of our evolutionarily functional greed? I
believe that if we come to understand these subjects as treasures, our
processes are more apt to be respectful and loving, leading us on a
decision-making path toward understanding the other subject on its
terms, rather than only on our terms, or exclusively in human terms."
Read the full piece "Pro-Aesthetic Language" here.