Prescient Quote circa 1857

Some thoughts from Alfred Wallace – independent co-founder of the theory of evolution though natural selection – upon seeing some birds of paradise on the Aru islands near New Guinea.

“It seems sad that on the one hand such exquisite creatures should live out their lives and exhibit their charms only in these wild inhospitable regions… while on the other hand, should civilized man ever reach these distant lands, and bring moral, intellectual and physical light into the recesses of these virgin forests, we may be sure he will disturb the nicely-balanced relations of organic and inorganic nature as to cause the disappearances, and finally the extinction, of the very beings whose wonderful structure and beauty he alone is fitted to appreciate.”

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  1. eastlandgrl says:

    interesting, thanks

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