300 cheers for Jim Harrison's piece, which I'm quoting from below. He makes his rounds from writing to ethics to agriculture to Native Americans to My Lai and more.
"...accepting responsibility for wrongs is a religious idea, and he
hadn’t noticed much religion “in motion” in modern culture. He added
that without the element of goodwill, all problems had to be approached
legalistically because that was the only effective language for social
change. How sad. No justice is possible without lawyers.... If you look
at how we spend our time, it is clear that diversion frames our
reality.....I have learned that looking at an upland sandpiper or
a sandhill crane is more interesting than reading the best book review
I’ve ever received. I’ve learned that I can maintain my sense of the
sacredness of existence only by understanding my own limitations and
losing my self-importance. I’ve learned that you can’t comprehend
another culture unless you can stop your moment-by-moment mental defense
of your own.... None of the fifty million other species can talk, so we
must speak and act in their defense.... If we can’t comprehend that the
reality of life is an aggregate of the perceptions and nature of all
species, we are doomed with the earth we are already murdering."
To read the entire piece link here.