in 1948 ecology was generally unknown, unlike biology, geology, evolution, agriculture, or engineering (A Sand County Almanac, 189). leopold called for ‘a reversal of specialization; instead of learning more and more about less and less, we must learn more and more about the whole biotic landscape.’ sometimes the answer is not in the parts nor their sum. in fact, taking something apart may destroy it, and possibly more. we are beginning to listen, beginning to learn.
the whole picture. the good, the bad, and the ugly. he goes on: ‘you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. the land is one organism. …. the competitions are as much a part of the inner workings as the co-operations’ (A Sand County Almanac, 190). yep. the whole kit-n-kaboodle. the warm fuzzies and the cold pricklies too. the whole she-bang. it’s all good, theoretically, even if it kills you.