“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
This quote is a paraphrase from a statement by John Muir in the book My First Summer in the Sierra, published in 1911. Muir was an early advocate for preservation of wilderness in the United States and was considered the “Father of the National Parks.”
This quote focuses on our treatment of the environment and how when we manipulate (or tug on) something in nature, it has a “collateral” or “domino” effect. I used this quote recently in a presentation to describe our ranch’s holistic philosophy of trying to apply a systems approach to manage the cattle and the land in harmony with nature and conservation of range resources.
When you give some thought to that quote and think about how we are all connected to our environment and each other, it creates images of other comparisons in our modern internet-connected world of social media and instant news. What we do in our practices and on our farms and ranches not only affects perceptions and attitudes locally, but globally. When we give an injection of an antibiotic, it is literally connected to the rest of the world. Good or bad, each product we administer and each procedure we perform on an animal is attached to the rest of the world.