The Gift of Hunting

The Gift of Hunting

“Shepherds, …fishers, and hunters have increase of food spontaneously from nature, not from barter or commerce…Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses…...
The Falling of Leaves

The Falling of Leaves

“The leaves are hardly heard, but they are heard just so much that men also, who are destined at the end to grow glorious and to die, look up and hear them falling.” Hilaire Belloc, ‘Autumn and the Fall of Leaves’ in Hills and the Sea No matter...
How Nature Provides for Us

How Nature Provides for Us

“Therefore nature, if it produces nothing incomplete or in vain, necessarily has done all these things for the sake of human beings.” Aristotle, Politics What are ‘all these things’ of which Aristotle speaks here that nature has done? By the order of nature plants...
The Gift of Weather

The Gift of Weather

“If a man’s crop is spoiled on the threshing-floor, the rain did not fall for the sake of this… It is plain then that nature is a cause, a cause that operates for a purpose.” Aristotle, Physics The other day at dinner my sister-in-law offered an interesting...
Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

“Whenever the sun shines warmly over the earth, the old males tune their pipe, and enliven the neighborhood with their song. By early April, the snows are all melting away, and nature again, in all the beauty of spring, promises happiness and abundance to the whole...

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