By Sue Leaf
The Western method of nature has continually operated less than either religious and medical perspectives. whereas Christianity decrees that humans have dominion over nature, evolutionary biology teaches us that we're yet hugely tailored animals between a organic community of hundreds of thousands of alternative species. what's our right courting to wild animals-and what's our accountability to them?
In The Bullhead Queen, Sue Leaf exemplifies the ethical point of people to nature via a set of enticing meditations at the locations she sees each day on Pioneer Lake in east-central Minnesota. Reflecting at the birds she friends at via binoculars and the Lutheran church that anchors the lake's southern shore, Leaf contemplates how her courting to nature has been coloured by way of the Christian theology of her adolescence. Acknowledging the effect of the church on her view of the wildlife, she follows the liturgical calendar as a thread, chronicling the swap of seasons over the year.
Leaf considers the result of the belief that nature is ours to take advantage of: we proceed to fish, catch, and hunt animals whose populations are ghosts in their former selves and convey mounting environmental pressures on their habitats. gazing the ways that the heavy hand of people has replaced the panorama of Pioneer Lake, and so on love it, she additionally rejoices within the ways that the lakes stay wild and exuberant, influencing the lives of all who come across them.