If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
The signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
William Stafford, from “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”
"A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."- Aldo Leopold, American conservationist.