Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

God’s Plenty

Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, by Edward O. Wilson (Liveright, 272 pp., $25.95)

‘If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity,” wrote Saint Francis of Assisi, “you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” The Golden Rule, it turns out, has a naturalist sequitur. We can call it “biophilia,” the term coined by the zoologist Edward O. Wilson to describe the love of all living things.

Biophilia, and the wonders of creatures great and small, inspired Wilson from an early age. It led him to become, while still quite young, the world’s leading authority on ants: It was he who

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Mario Loyola is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the director of the Environmental Finance and Risk Management Program of Florida International University, and a visiting fellow at the National Security Institute of George Mason University. The opinions expressed in this column are his alone.

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God’s Plenty

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ...

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A PAINTING IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY Flowers and weeds together spill, Careless and drizzly, down the hill In a long back garden that’s anywhere Outside London. I am living there Beside the window, no longer ...
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The Disability Trap David French’s article on the VA’s overmedication of veterans (“Casualties of the VA,” July 11) was most insightful; your candor is especially noteworthy. You failed to mention what ...
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‐ If only the State Department were as focused on its mission as the Clinton Foundation. ‐ Hillary Rodham Clinton does not like to do press conferences, but she may change ...

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