There is no denying that the resources driving our documentation and understanding of biodiversity are rooted in the history of colonialism. From the Victorian practices of stuffing cabinets with curiosities from conquered lands, to the development of GIS technologies and satellite imaging associated with military might, the tools of our trade for documenting all forms of life and understanding its dynamic intricacies come from power associated with affluent nations.
Michael Tobias in his book Life Force, writes at length about the ancient Jain practice of ahimsa, or non-violence, and how becoming acutely aware of the suffering of others can be mitigated if we just stopped and deeply thought about how much unnecessary pain and suffering we cause to a variety of life forms surrounding us.
See the latest essay/review by Ms. Erika Gavenus pertaining to the work, Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence, a Dancing Star Foundation Book, by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, published today at Stanford University's MAHB - Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere, at, including a photo gallery from the book.
A book by Michael Tobias and Jane Morrison stressesneed for universal coherence. "We either recognize the miracle of other sentient intelligence, sophistication, and genius, or risk enshrining the shortest lived epitaph of any known vertebrate in earth’s 4.1 billion years of life."
It is by no means the first time that a nation has narrowly voted to ensure that the world remain somehow inconceivably flat, ecologically speaking. History is replete with one mass delusion triggered by inner demons after another; of a variety of terrors unleashed on those who remain incredulous that there are so many stark conceptual differences between members of one species.