The Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold was born in 1887 and was raised in Burlington, Iowa. He did a lot of work for conserving nature, and even published his own textbook in 1933. Leopold, who usually wrote journals or for magazines, decided to write a book which compared humanity’s relationship to the rest of the world. Sadly, just one week after receiving a notice that his work would be publish, he died. About a year later, his book was published by his son who decided that the work deserved to be seen. This information was found at http://www.aldoleopold.org/AldoLeopold/leopold_bio.shtml . You could say that the overall theme of the Sand County Almanac is community versus commodity, do we love nature, or do we use it for our own needs?
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There are people, like me, that have been in the city so long that they cannot remember the last time that they even saw natural lake, or even the sea. “There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” Aldo Leopold makes this bold statement to make a point. When you go to the grocery store, do you think about where the produce comes from? Do you think about the farmers? And surely you believe that the air vents in our homes are what makes heat, but no, they just feed us the heat. This is the first thing that made me really think about our world. It was the first statement that made me think about how much the human race can miss without the abundance of nature living at our doorstep. “Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” When Leopold speaks of conservation being incompatible with our concept of land, he means that we do not see land as plain nature, something that feeds and nurtures and helps us grow. We do not see land as something that provides for us, but as something that we own. When I think of the