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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tanzania cancels construction of a road through the Serengeti!!

According to the website The Government of Kenya is reporting that the Government of Tanzania has cancelled a plan to build a road through the Serengeti National Park (pictured above) !! This is wonderful news, it means that the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra which has occurred for eons in the area where Tanzania once did not exist as a country. To read more about this situation please click on the highlighted words below:

Kenya Says Cancelation of Road Through Tanzania’s Seregenti a Celebration

The official website of the Serengeti National Park is:  It is nice to see politicians
place a higher value on the rights of another animal species, rather than simply ignore these rights and do
whatever they want in order to achieve their ends!

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Message about captive dolphins from Dame Dr. Jane Goodall

Please watch this video from Dr. Jane Goodall and share it with your friends and family. Dolphins are extremely intelligent and extremely social animals like we humans are. We humans have no business holding these wonderful friends captive for our own entertainment or financial gain. What can you do to help the captive dolphins on this planet?

Firstly, do not visit any aquarium where dolphins are being held captive or are being forced to perform for humans. Most every dolphin which is in an aquarium has been forcibly removed from its natural  environment in the sea or ocean.These dolphins then were forced to endure many,many hours of mistreatment in confined space to allow the human to  transport them to the aquarium.

Secondly please do not think about visiting a resort where it is possible to swim with dolphins in some kind of organized program. This program was organized for the benefit of humans, in order to use the dolphin for profit and human entertainment. To learn more please read the article, "Whales and Dolphins do not belong in tanks by clicking on the following link:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tasmanian devils were sitting ducks for deadly cancer

"Despite its ferocious nature, the Tasmanian devil is a creature faced with extinction, the victim of a gruesome facial tumour disease. Now the first genetic sequencing of these carnivorous marsupials has revealed that we had a hand in their decline: centuries of human interference left the devils stripped of genetic diversity and vulnerable to disease." Please click on the following highlighted words to read an article at the New Scientist website entitled,

 Tasmanian devils were sitting ducks for deadly cancer which the paragraph above is taken from.

What are we humans doing to this planet and the life on this planet?? We can no longer use the idea that we were ignorant as a species regarding  our behavior relating to Tasmanian devils, as a means of denying our
responsibilities relating to  the plight of this species!

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Marine Species Face Global Extinction Says UN Report

                                   Photo:Two Manatees One who seem sto be saying:What are you humans
                                                      doing to my home??? Please stop littering my home, please stop making my home more acidic, please stop warming my home, and please stop reducing the oxygen I have to breathe in my home!!

To read  an article at the Irish Weather Online website entitled, "Marine Species Face Global Extinction Says UN Report" please click on the highlighted words in this sentence.

Wow, when I read words like this I get very worried about the future of this planet and all the life on it!!:

"The combination of stressors on the ocean is creating the conditions associated with every previous major extinction of species in Earth’s history."

"Many of the negative impacts previously identified are greater than the worst predictions."

"Increasing hypoxia (low oxygen levels) and anoxia (absence of oxygen, known as ocean dead zones) combined with warming of the ocean and acidification are the three factors which have been present in every mass extinction event in Earth’s history."

If this is not a warning to all of us on this planet that we need to change our behavior then what is?? It is time all of us on this planet work together to reduce these current problems: pollution, acidification, ocean warming, overfishing and hypoxia (deoxygenation)!!

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Please visit the following websites to learn how you as a person can help prevent this terrible global extinction of Marine species on our Planet:

1.How to reduce your influence on the acidification of the Oceans:

2.How to reduce your influence on the pollution of the oceans:

3.How you can help reduce the warming of the oceans and the planet:

Thank you for reading this blog post and for visiting these websites. We all have to start to engage in the behaviors which are suggested at these websites I provided you access to, if we are to help the Marine species on this planet avoid extinction!!

Sharks are so valuable!!

                                       Image:Tiger shark Source:

                                          Photo:Hammerhead shark

I have previously discussed on my blog the fact that sharks are essential for the survival of all life on the planet Earth! Now a new  research study also indicates the extent to which  sharks are financially important to countries:

""According to the study, in certain locations, a single reef shark could be valued at $73 a day alive, as opposed to the one-time value of a set of shark fins used for shark fin soup at $50. Over the course of that same shark’s life, it could be worth more than $200,000 using a conservative 15-year life cycle!!!" So now there is also a financial incentive for humans to keep sharks alive on this planet as well!

To read the entire scientific article dealing with this situation please click on the following link:

Clearly this new research shows how wasteful killing sharks for their fins is from an economic standpoint!!! We already know how important sharks are for the entire World ecosystem if you have been following my blog.Here are some blog posts of mine concerning this fact:

Please do everything you can to educate your family and friends about how important sharks are to the survival of our species and all species on this planet! Thank you on behalf of all the shark species!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Honduras creates a White shark sanctuary

Great news! I just read that the Government of Honduras has decided to create a sanctuary for Great White sharks! As stated in the article:

"The president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, enacted a decree in Roatan, Bay Islands, prohibiting the capture of white sharks. With this measure, the country has become the first bio-oceanic sanctuary of white sharks in Latin America."

I applaud and commend Mr. Sosa for doing this!  To read more about this undertaking please click on the
following link:

Further research by this blog writer indicates that Honduras has also protected the "Whale Shark" species:
You can read about this by going to the following  website:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

80,000 visits to my blog!!

80,000 visitors to my blog!!

Wow, over 80,000 people have now visited my blog since I created it! I would like to thank each and every one of you for visiting here! Thanks to all of you who have left messages and comments concerning my blog  and my blog posts! I hope all of you have enjoyed my topics and I hope all of you have a great summer season!! 

NASA’s amazing images of Earth

NASA’s amazing images of Earth Sync™ Blog

Please click on the link above to access 20 amazing photos of the Earth at the website!

Captain Paul Watson discusses the plight of the BlueFin tuna

Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Society has posted a new video on-line in which he discusses the plight of the Bluefin Tuna Species. To watch this 2 minute video please click on the following link:

It is a fact that the  Atlantic bluefin  species has  become extinct in the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea due to overfishing! Once again we see an Asian country, this time the Japanese as being responsible for a sharp decline in Bluefin tuna populations in this planet! Bluefin tuna populations have declined alarmingly over the past few decades - not just Atlantic bluefin tuna, but also Pacific bluefin tuna and southern bluefin tuna.
In all cases, the decline has largely been driven by Japanese demand for sushi and sashimi!!!
(source: )  This again suggests that those of us who want to ensure that the Bluefin tuna species survives on this planet have to act on its behalf! How can you do this? Stop buying products and services from Japan and phone or write the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan using the following information:
Minstry of the Environment Government of Japan 
Godochosha No. 5, Kasumigaseki 1-2-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8975, Japan.
Tel: +81-(0)3-3581-3351 E-mail: Use the following link:  Maybe if Japanese companies and those which provide services to us sustain a hit to their profit margins they think about the reasons for this decline,especially related to their abuses against this World's food sources!
"In 2007, researchers from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)—the regulators of Northern bluefin fishing—recommended a global quota of 15,000 tonnes (15,000 LT; 17,000 ST). ICCAT then chose twice that number, later dropping it to 22,500 tonnes (22,100 LT; 24,800 ST). Their scientists now say that 7,500 tonnes (7,400 LT; 8,300 ST) is the sustainable limit.
The fishing industry continues to harvest 60,000 tonnes (59,000 LT; 66,000 ST) tons yearly!!! This is so selfish of some countries (especially the Japanese!!)


"Bluefin tuna is the largest member of the "Scrombridae" family of fishes. Bluefin tunas are distributed throughout the Atlantic in subtropical and temperate waters, and undertake extensive migrations"
 (source:. )

"This species is at serious risk of extinction if unsustainable fishing practices in the Mediterranean are not stopped." (source: )
Here is a link to a recent news video concerning the plight of the Bluefin tuna:

What can a person do to help the bluefin tuna species survive on the planet? Here are some suggestions I found online: Please click on the following link: 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pachycondyla chinensis ants bring their help to a food source!

Wow I just read an interesting article at the BBC News website. This article discusses a type of stinging ant which has the scientific name, Pachycondyla chinensis. You may know that many species of ant will leave a chemical trail from a food source back to their nest so that other ants can come and help bring back the food source to the nest. This is definitely not the case with the  Pachycondyla chinensis species! Guess how a member will show another member of its nest where the food source is? The answer is that the ant which has found the food source will come back to the nest and actually pick up another ant of the nest in its jaws and carry this ant to the food source to show it where it is!  What an amazing way of  communicating this very important information to other members of the nest don't you think? Aren't you glad you are not a member of this ant species?? LOL

To learn more about this species of ant please visit the following websites:

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Birds found to possess high levels of intelligence!

                                     Image above:  A New Caledonian crow showing its ability to use a tool

                                         Image above: A New Zealand Kea Parrot

"Zoologists and biologists from the University of Vienna and Oxford University, led by biologist Dr. Alice Auersperg have shown that New Caledonian crows and a type of green parrot called the kea, are both able to accomplish tasks requiring high degrees of intelligence!

To read about the scientific study which resulted in these scientists making these conclusions about New Caledonian crows and Keas please click on the following link:

 So once again we see that we humans have no business referring to these animals or members of our own species  as "bird brains" (ie using the words in a derogatory fashion) as  birds are very intelligent in their behavior and thinking processes!

To learn more about New Caledonian crows please click on the following links:  To learn more about Keas please visit these websites:

To gain some insight into the Kea Parrot species please visit these websites:

Here is a link to a three-part video about the Kea Parrot species:

Here is a link to a video entitled, "New Caledonian Crows Exceed Apes/Chimps at Trap-tube Experiment":

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New Caledonian crow:

Kea Parrot::

What would happen if all the sharks disappear from our planet?

Please watch this video and share it with your friends and family! Sharks need our help if they are going to survive on this planet! We have to change how some people and groups of people on this planet view and interact with sharks!

Friday, June 17, 2011

International Year of the Bat:2011-2012

I just have learned that the years 2011-2012 have been officially designated by the United Nations, as the "Year of the Bat." I am not sure why the UN is using the singular form "bat" when this celebration seems to be occurring over two consecutive years. To learn more about this important year please visit these websites:  (This is the official United Nations website for the "Year of the Bat".)

A facebook page devoted to the "Year of the Bat" can be joined by clicking on the following link:

Once again the News  Media of this world should be criticized for not publicizing the fact that this is the Year of the Bat! Bats are so important to our World! If you do not know how bats are important then please go to this blog post of mine where I explain this fact about bats:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Before it is too late...................... <:(

"The world's oceans and marine wildlife are in trouble... 
What will you do to save the seas, in order to save yourself?"

*All footage taken by Nicole McLachlan on Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef and Hideaway Island, Vanuatu. (Except underwater footage of Bottlenose Dolphins, taken by Nao Iida in Western Australia.)"

For more information on Nicole's marine conservation efforts, visit;

Monday, June 13, 2011

Boo the bear flees pen just days after last escape

To read an article entitled, "Boo the bear flees pen just days after last escape" please click on the first words of this sentence. Once again human beings have been outsmarted by another animal on this planet! Congratulations Boo, I hope this time you are able to stay free of these people who want to imprison you for "human entertainment purposes".  According to the owners of the Sanctuary where Boo escaped from,

"The original purpose of the refuge was to protect Boo in order to rehabilitate him and release him into the wild. However, it was determined that Boo's lack of parental influence meant that he lacked the skills necessary to survive in the wild, and thus his safety and quality of life depended on the refuge." (source: )

Lack of skills? Who determined that Boo did not possess the skills to live on his own? Have you forgotten about instincts and the fact that bears are intelligent creatures who can learn? It is because some humans shot his mother that Boo had a rough start to his life,and now you are saying that humans need to take care of him? Even if Boo dies because as you suggest that he lacks the skills necessary to survive, I say it is better that he dies this way than being forced to live in a  human-controlled environment for  the rest of his life!

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Studying dolphins as sentinels of oceans and human health

To read an article which discusses the the annual Health and Environmental Risk Assessment for free-ranging bottlenose dolphins, please click on the following link:

Studying dolphins as sentinels of oceans and human health

Why are dolphins chosen for this purpose?  "The idea that as apex predators, dolphins reflect environmental conditions in all other parts of the food web.  As such they are excellent indicators of overall environmental health and, as is so often emphasised these days, a healthy environment means healthy people." (source: )

To learn more about the Bottlenose dolphin species I recommend you visit the following websites:

Photo source:/Flip Nicklin/Minden Pictures) 

Shark guardians see momentum to save top predator

To read an article  which discusses the  the need to have sanctuaries for sharks, as well as related topics please click on the following link:, "Shark Guardians see momentum to save top predator  . On behalf of the sharks of this World I thank you for reading this article!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Analysis of Ivanchuk-Radjabov, 2011 King's Chess Tournament round 1

2011 King's Chess Tournament round 1 results and standings

A very strong chess tournament has begun in Medias, Rumania. This tournament involves the following players:
GM Magnus Carlsen, GM  Sergey Karjakin, GM Vassily Ivanchuk, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Teimour Radjabov and  GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. These are the results from round one of the tournament: 

Round 1 (June 11, 2011)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 38 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 35 E73 King's Indian Averbakh
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 20 E54 Nimzo Indian

These results mean the following standings exist after one round of play:

 1st-2nd: Carlsen and Ivanchuk: 1 point each
 3rd-4th:Nisipeanu and Karjakin:  1/2  point each
5th-6th: Nakamura and Radjabov: 0 points each.

I have analyzed the game between Ivanchuk and Radjabov from round one and it will be my next blog post using Chessviewer Deluxe. Enjoy! I used the programs Deep Hiarcs 13.2 and Deep Junior 12.5 as well as Chessbase 11 and Chessbase Megadatabase 2011 to help me analyze the game.  You can play through all of the moves from these 3 games by going to   Nikolai Pilafov's blog:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Study shows a loss of diversity in streams due to human development!

According to an article entitled,"Widespread Stream Biodiversity Declines at Low Levels of Urban Development", which you can read by clicking on the following link:

Human  urban development activities are causing a reduction in the diversity of life found in streams!! Researchers at Baylor University and the University of Maryland-Baltimore concluded this due to their findings in a recent study."The study found that aquatic life actually shows significant loss of biodiversity with less than two percent of developed land in a watershed!!" Clearly this shows that human behaviors involved in developing land cause the natural waterways in these areas to be severely disrupted!

"The findings are alarming and imply that water quality in streams is degraded rapidly with relatively low levels of development, which clearly has significant implications to the organisms that live in these streams," said study co-author Dr. Ryan King, associate professor of biology at Baylor. "Perhaps of even greater concern is that the decline of stream-dwelling animals implies that there is chemical pollution that could also be detrimental to human health via groundwater and downstream drinking water supplies."

Let us hope that due to the findings of this research study that Governments of  this planet will begin to place some serious limitations on the development of land and waterways in this planet! These findings to me suggest that their are simply too many human beings on this planet and this level of human population  is overwhelming nature! Either that or there has been a severe over-development of this planet's land and water resources.

If we humans cause a reduction in the biodiversity of life on this planet then we can expect some severe consequences. To learn what these consequences are please visit the following website: and read the answer to the question: "2. Why is biodiversity loss a concern?"

Other information about this situation can be read by clicking on these links:

 "In our eagerness to improve living conditions for the six billion members of our species, we humans are imposing serious threats to the survival of much biodiversity, including many species whose direct value is clearly established. Almost all ecosystems are greatly modified by humans, who transform habitats and exterminate rivals and competitors. Resulting from this array of human threats, rates of extinction are now estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times greater than in the recent past." (source: )

An investigation into the causes of endangerment for 877 species in the United States found that the vast majority were caused by expansion of human economic activities!! (See charts directly below):

Maybe the time has come for all countries to place severe restrictions on population levels on this planet! Instead of having their own children, couples need to rather think about adopting children! The annual number of child adoptions worldwide is only 250,000 (source: ).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

China is the World's largest market for smuggled endangered animal species!!

"The financial boom in China has led to a change in appetite. Protected bears, tigers, turtles, snakes, and fish are among the casualties of ‘refined’ culinary taste. China has massacred much of its own wild animal population, and is well on it’s way to do the same in neighboring countries." – Source: Global Animal

"China has emerged as the world's largest market for smuggled endangered animal species." source:

I say enough is enough! The Chinese and all other countries which allow this abuse of animal to occur, have to be stopped from killing and smuggling wild animals for their own consumption and their own financial gain! And people in the rest of the World have to stop buying these animals and their parts! The Governments of the countries of this World need to set up more ways to catch the Chinese and these other countries  in the act of smuggling and  trading in endangered animals and their parts.Many countries are already doing this.These countries such as Bahrain have increased their security at their borders (see: ). Why can't all countries do this and also why can' t they create heavy fines for people who buy these animals and their parts?  How can an individual help these animals? You can report smugglers to the authorities if you interact with these smugglers or sellers of animal parts and most of all you can stop buying animal parts. Also you can stop going to zoos and similar businesses which you suspect have smuggled animals in their premises!

Please watch this video about this problem: 

Save Endangered Plants!

Photo:One of the World's most endangered plants:
The titan arum or Amorphophallus titanum
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For some reason whenever we hear about something being endangered of becoming extinct on this planet, we only hear about the endangered animals! However, many plants are also endangered due to human behavior and for other reasons. A September 2010 study conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens found that 22% of the approximately 380,000 known plant species (or about 83,600 plant species) are endangered. That’s approximately 9 times what the IUCN

(The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (aka IUCN) and US Fish & Wildlife Service currently have listed.
Source: Planetsave (

We need to take steps to ensure these plants do not go extinct!

"In each ecosystem, living organisms fall into one of three roles: producers, which make food for themselves; consumers, which eat producers; and decomposers, which reduce matter into soil. As producers, plants play a part in the way the ecosystem functions, creating a world that supports life."


  • "Plants provide food for the masses. From elephants to mice, animals eat grass, nuts, berries and twigs to fuel the body and activities. Meat eaters dine on grazers."


  • "Tall, towering trees provide shade from hot summer sun. Shrubs house smaller animals, protecting and camouflaging them from predators. Groves of trees and bunches of brush provide a measure of warmth and protection from wind."


  • "Through photosynthesis, plants produce oxygen. Animal life, including humans, breathes oxygen. A single resting human breathes 6 lb. of oxygen a day."

Filter and Stabilizer

  • "Plants filter water, removing toxins and impurities, making safe drinking water and helping to reduce the effect of man on the natural world. Plants also stabilize soil."


  • "Plants consume carbon dioxide as part of photosynthesis. Humans not only exhale carbon dioxide, many machines also emit the gas. The more plants in existence, the less effect the gas has on global warming."

Read more: How Do Green Plants Play a Part in the Ecosystem? |

What can you do to save plants from becoming endangered or even extinct? Please click on the following links to see what you can do for plants:

How to Save Plants - Approaches to Plant Conservation

Saving plants from the brink of extinction

Thank you on behalf of all the plants in this World!

Free Dolphins

Please watch this video and share it with your friends! Thank you! Dolphins have the right to be free and live in their families without being threatened with capture for our amusement.They especially deserve the right to live here without being killed by people who are angry because these animals eat fish!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Canadian Environment Week:June 5th-June 11th,2011

Tomorrow begins an important time for Canadians. It is the beginning of the annual "Canadian Environment week" This week will run from June 5th-June 11th,although hopefully you will make every week of the year "Environment week:! The Canadian Federal Government Department of the Environment has a news release concerning the week which is entitled, "Canadian Environment Week and Environment Canada's 40thAnniversary " which you can read by clicking on the following link: 

Of particular importance is this statement:

"Canadian Environment Week is a call to action to all Canadians to get involved, to adopt a greener lifestyle, to celebrate actions that promote a cleaner environment and inspire others to do the same. Canadian Environment Week is about people, communities and organizations working together to preserve and protect our environment"  The theme of this year's week is "Preserving our Forests:Protecting our Future".

Due to the fact that  The United Nations declared 2011 to be the International Year of Forests, the Government of Canada has decided to have the 2011 theme of "Canadian Environment week" be

"Preserving our Forests, Protecting our Future."

If you run a business here is a link to some tips which will allow you to run a "Greener" business: 

Here is a link to an article entitled, "40 ways to take part in Canadian Environment week" which I found at
the Government of Canada's Environment Canada website:   I hope all of you will use these suggestions to help Preserve Canada's environment!

Government of Canada commits to land conservation in Throne speech

                           Photo: The Alberta Rocky Mountains

To read an article entitled, "The Nature Conservancy of Canada applauds commitment to land conservation in today's Throne Speech" please click on the following link:

This article has to do with the Throne Speech of the Government of Canada  and the commitment of Federal Government  "to "create new protected areas" and to reaffirm their platform commitment to create a new National Conservation Plan."

You can read the full text of the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston in the Senate Chamber on June 3, 2011, by clicking on the following link:

Hopefully the Government will in the near future outline exactly what it plans to do to Conserve the land and the water in this Country so that plant and animal life can be preserved here!

Conserving land will allow this country to  maintain the biodiversity of life in Canada and also ensure that endangered species have every opportunity to increase their populations in our country. To read Environment Canada's statement entitled, "Conservation of Canada's Natural Heritage" please click on the following link:

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Thank you Federal Government of Canada to committing to this important behavior!

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Chess needs more women and girl participants and administrators!

Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.