In time, all things - pants, refrigerators, Studebakers - succumb. The extinction of human civilization is likewise inevitable.
But one of the most wondrous faculties of the human animal is its capacity for heightened compassion. Working as a conscientious society, we strive to conserve the ecology we appreciate not simply because we have the means to do so, but because we recognize that doing so is just.
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