24 March 2008

Wonderful structure

Living things were not made for man. Many have no relation to him. The cycle of their existence has gone on independently of his, and is disturbed or broken by every advance in man's intellectual development; and their happiness and enjoyment, their loves and hates, their struggles for existence, the vigorous life and early death would seem to be intimately related only their own well being and perpetuation alone, limited only by the equal well being and perpetuation of numberless other organisms with which each is more or less intimately connected.
-- from Chapter XXX of The Malay Archipelago (1869) by Alfred Russel Wallace.

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