“Rabbit has got brains,” says Winnie-the-Pooh, and then adds: “I suppose that’s why he never understands anything.”

Nearly 100 years ago, A.A. Milne was among a growing number of people already aware that we are in danger of becoming too clever for our own good. Thankfully humanity’s sixth sense has not yet totally dried up under the bright light of reason.

One example of this tender thread of sanity is the environmental movement, and with it has come not only an awareness of our interconnectedness with the whole of Nature, but also a belief that everything, however small and seemingly ...


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