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Robert Heinlein on Environmentalism August 25, 2007

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There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled ‘Nature.'” The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of “Nature” — but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the Naturist reveals his hatred for his own race — i.e., his own self-hatred.
In the case of “Naturists” such self-hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.
As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women — it strikes me as a fine arrangement — and perfectly “natural” Believe it or not, there were “Naturists” who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being “unnaturaI” and a “despoiling of Nature.

Well, I’ve been thinking this to some degree for years now. . .but I see that RAH had beaten me to it. What a brilliant iconoclast the man was.

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1. Linoge - August 25, 2007

Heh, I have come to find that over the yeras, many of the seemingly original thoughts I have had, he beat me to.

I just gave up and made him my role model, and left it at that.

2. jan - August 30, 2007

Great quote. I collect them, so I’m stealing it!


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