On the Balance of Nature

Who cannot wonder at this harmony of things, at this symphony of nature which seems to will the well-being of the world? — Cicero (1st c. BCE)

Rio Gavilan, Chihuahua MX

The notion that nature has balance and harmony, while still figuring prominently in the lay understanding of ecology and the environment, has come into decided disrepute among professionals. Flux, drift and novelty have obviated such static conceptions of nature. Nature doesn’t…