. . . do we not already sing our love for and obligations to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, but just what and whom do we love?

Certainly not the soil, which we are sending helter-skelter down river.

Certainly not the rivers, which we assume have no function except to turn turbines, float barges, and carry off sewage.

Certainly not the plants, of which we exterminate whole communities without batting an eye.

Certainly not the animals, of which we have already extirpated many of the largest and most beautiful species.