nature quotes

People today have forgotten they’re really just a part of nature. Yet, they destroy the nature on which our lives depend. They always think they can make something better. Especially scientists. They may be smart, but most don’t understand the heart of nature. They only invent things that, in the end, make people unhappy. Yet they’re so proud of their inventions. What’s worse, most people are, too. They view them as if they were miracles. They worship them. They don’t know it, but they’re losing nature. They don’t see that they’re going to perish. The most important things for human beings are clean air and clean water.
—  Akira Kurosawa, Yume

“We must defend even the irresponsible use of rights because they’re rights and not privileges.”

David Boaz outlines his libertarian view of rights and morality:

Neither will God be confined by the trivial uses human beings often want to make of God’s power and presence. Carter Heyward observed that we sometimes think of God as a big aspirin about whom it can be said, ‘Take a little God, you’ll feel better.’ This God fixes all our problems for us, finds us parking spaces in crowded malls, and bails us out of tight situations. God gives clear guidance about every possible decision. Heyward suggests that it is far more biblical to think of God as enigmatic or incomprehensible. God is not in our control or at our beck and call. God does not exist to do our bidding or to make our lives more convenient. Often God does not make everything all better. Illness, pain, and death are not always fixable; but God is present in the midst of them.
—  Lynn Japinga, “Language about God”