A Quote By Frank Herbert Dec 6, 2017

“The thing the ecologically illiterate don’t realise about an ecosystem is that it’s a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, flowing from point to point. If something dams that flow, order collapses. The untrained might miss that collapse until it was too late. That’s why the highest function of ecology is the understanding of consequences.”

This quote has really resonated with me on this trip.

  • Dave

    If you haven’t already, read about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone.
    Tress grew taller; brush became more abundant, populations of birds, beaver, fish, etc. increased while the geography changed. All because of a single species.
    We, as a group, aren’t really as smart as we think we are and unfortunately, sometimes can’t leave well enough, alone.

    https://www.yellowstonepark.com/things-to-do/wolf-reintroduction-changes-ecosystem

    • Glenn Weatherson

      Yes! Dave gets it. Check out the book Coyote America as well if you have not.

      • That’s a GREAT ONE!

      • Dave

        On my list, thx!

    • So wild, huh?

  • MrJustinPitts

    AKA, systems thinking. Complex systems exist in a state of dynamic equilibrium with an inherent ability to absorb and respond to change through feedback loops. Pushed too far, the system breaks, often unpredictably.

  • Hollis Duncan

    John, for more vibes pick up Walden by Thoreau. To quote a friend, it’s definitely one to place on the coffee table while staring, with a wry smile, thoughtfully into the distance.

    • Oh, definitely read that a bunch. I love Dune because it’s so much more than just a Sci-Fi novel.

  • Medium Rick

    Amen.