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Part of the Whole 

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I may be reading too much into Dennis Kostecki’s [“Listen to Your Mother,” Letters, May 7, City Weekly] suggestion that perhaps “the Earth would be better off without man.” I see an underlying theme that man is separate from Earth, the claim of polluters with their picarooning and of caretakers or overseers with their presumptuousness.

The Earth consists of land, water, biosphere and atmosphere. This is a whole of which we are an integral part, subject to all the same laws and forces—even natural selection. And that is true regardless of whether we can ever understand all these processes or their end results. However, we may be in a unique position to manage resources for the quality of humanity’s well being, which we clearly are not doing. That might seem self-serving, but we are part of a whole.

Michael M. Geer
West Jordan

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