Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic

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Leopold's Land Ethic It is important to remember that while Aldo Leopold's land ethic is both noble and admirable, it is, above all, idealistic. It is not my intention to combat the theories he presents, as his words inspire a sense of land husbandry in me; rather, I intend to put a lens over this discussion that may partially justify exactly what Leopold so passionately disapproved of. We are a growing nation; in fact, the population of the United States has grown by 216% since Leopold first wrote about the treacherous things that we Homo sapiens were doing to the land. It is a fact to say that our handling and use of the land has degenerated at such a rapid pace, that the "damage"� we have inflicted on the earth is not proportionate to the years that have passed since the writing of Leopold's essays. It is additionally fact, to claim that the human race is generally ignorant to the joys that the wilderness brought its visitors fifty years ago.

But this ethic's claim that we are "worse off"� is, at very least, debatable.

It is somewhat a search for the romance that society places on "the olden days"�, to ask modernity to slow its pace and reduce its consumption. Though I believe that the act and study of conservation has a very large role in nurturing longevity, I also believe that it is in direct conflict with the instinct of man to create tools of all kinds to ease the strain on his body. Certainly, this opens the gate to Leopold's theory of ""¦there must be some limit beyond which money bought aids "¦destroy the cultural value."� Again, not only do I agree with this philosophy, but also I am moved to reduce the amount of gadgetization...