The moment we say, ‘we don’t need this bug, we don’t need this plant,’ the system starts to weaken. If this happens again and again, the system collapses. Every time we have excluded a person or group of people, it has been at our own peril. We will have a viable future only when diverse knowledge, skills, attitudes, and cultural understanding are brought to the table.
The glue that holds us together as human communities, the understanding that we are all connected to and responsible for each other, has been rendered invisible by the myth of the heroic, self-sufficient individual.