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Dr. Joe Nix


I once heard a man speak that his purpose in living was to appreciate life. The theme of this paper has somewhat the same message to convey. The life he spoke of and of which I am to write didn't entail only human beings but encompassed the whole natural world with its interlocking dependencies of abiotic and biotic components. The implication of his thought to me was profound, for it seems the vast majority of us live not in appreciation of life, but rather in the acquisition of material securities.



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