Man is a social being, and therefore, among all the objects for his love
that there are in the universe and beyond it, he ought, I suppose, love his
fellow human beings first and foremost.
But he should also love all
non-human living creatures, animals, and plants as well because they are
all akin to man; they too are branches of the great tree of life. This tree
has a common root; we do not know where the root comes from, but we
do know that we all spring from it.
Man should also love inanimate
nature, because this, too, is part of the universe which is man’s habitat.
(Our children and grandchildren) are not responsible for the existing state of the
world. The reality is that the
middle-aged generation (the parents of the rising generation) brought them into
the world and is educating or
miseducating them, or just ignoring their educational needs.yes””> If the
middle-years or older generations are indignant at the rising generation,
who is really at fault? Who shirked their responsibilities to their
children and grandchildren? And with whom lies the initiative to resolve
these inadequacies? In effect, it is up to the older generation to take the
initiative to bring about reconciliation between itself and the generations
that are to follow them.
Surviving The Future, by Arnold Toynbee, Oxford University Press, 1971)