Nature Ownership

Why do we insist on ownership? What is it about humans that makes us crave ownership and right to always think first of “Me” and “Mine”. I would like to connect this post to a past post I wrote on a hot spring hunt that ended up on “private property”. Since I wrote about this hot spring and the hunt for it the owner has commented on the blog and was quite belligerent. Here is the conversation.

It was quite funny because the day before this person commented my friend from Scotland had arrived at my house. She was a little upset by all the private property here. In Scotland there is a law called “Right to Roam” which declares all land is accessible to hikers, but you must abide by some common sense guidelines, such as leave no trace and do not camp too close to someone’s residence. What a concept! Can you image this law being passed in this country?!

I would like to quote Chief Seattle here:

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us.
If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?
Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.
This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites our families. All things are connected.


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