They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
The quote above is by a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man and tribal leader in the 1800’s named Sitting Bull. It speaks of people pushing each other (and the environment) away from them and not respecting the Earth and what we’ve been given. We “deface her” with our buildings and refuse without a second thought, almost ignoring the consequences. And if we’re not ignoring them then we’re recognizing them and doing it anyway, which in my opinion is worse than ignorance.
Ishmael separated this world into “Takers” and “Leavers” because humanity is what has primarily destroyed the Earth. We have started to ignore the consequences of what we’re doing because it’s easier for us to find a quick solution than really fix the problem, even if the solution doesn’t work for everybody. No matter how much we try to make our arguments, the entire discussion will come down to one question of ethics:
When does it become too much?