“The world is a very, very fine place. It wasnt a mess. It didnt need to be conquered and ruled by man. In other words, the world doesnt belong to man – but it does need man to belong to it. Some creature had to be the first to go through this … Some creature had to find the way, and if that happened, then … there was no limit to what could happen here. In other words, man does have a place in the world, but its not his place to rule … Mans place is to be the first. Mans place is to be the first without being the last. Mans place is to figure out how its possible to do that – and then to make room for all the rest who are capable of becoming what hes become. And maybe, when the time comes, its mans place to be the teacher of all the rest who are capable of becoming what hes become. Not the only teacher, not the ultimate teacher. Maybe only the first teacher, the kindergarten teacher – but even that wouldnt be too shabby.” — Daniel Quinn
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