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It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

I'm not at all convinced of the veracity of this statement by Thoreau.
In fact, in Business Ethics, we discuss how without some concern for ethics and morality, a business will tend to not profit--a far cry from the stereotypical "destroy everything!" way that people think businesses operate. It's the same with humans. What is good for nature will generally be good for humans, as I think we are beginning to see, 150 years after Thoreau.

In other news, embroiled in mid-terms...

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I think it's funny how some people try to cram Henry David Thoreau neatly into a little romantic kind of box. And, yes, this is the guy who went off to live on his own by a pond for a long time. But although I feel that a myriad of "romantic" ideals probably all influence Thoreau to one degree or another, environmentalism for him seems more a concern of economics.

Yes, economics.

I know, I'm a Business major, so everything is money, resources, efficiency, for me. But think about it.

He places a certain value on everything and speaks frequently of opportunity cost. Instead of saying, "Gee, this tree is awfully pretty; it's such a shame to see such beauty leave the world," or "It's wrong to chop down trees," or "Somebody should stop these damn lumberjacks," or "We should worship trees," I think Thoreau is more saying, "Would it not be better to preserve the value--aesthetically, ethically, politically, religiously--of this tree than to waste its value in a lumber mill?"

Thoreau is concerned that the present generation is not taking pleasure from nature and that because of this future generations will not have the opportunity to enjoy--or, if you will, gain utility from--the beauty of nature, which is a real waste of value.

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