Birds and Reality

Recently, we reviewed a new biography of Roger Tory Peterson.  We also questioned our belief in the inevitability of progress.  Both of which reminded of this quote from Peterson:

We invent systems, Socialism, Fascism, Communism and Capitalism.  Each despises the other.  Yet, as Professor Aldo Leopold of the University of Wisconsin pointed out, they all espouse one creed: salvation by machinery.  Is it any wonder that when these systems prove faulty and men detect the synthetic nature of the civilization of their devising they turn to nature?  In a world that seems to have gone mad is it any wonder birds have such appeal?  Birds are, perhaps, the most eloquent expression of reality.

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