An Immense World of Delight
It used to be a commonplace of moralists that man was the only creature in the animal kingdom to slaughter his own kind. But as Chronicle writer Roger Gathman points out, kind is slaughtered by kind routinely among ants, salamanders, and, as any child can tell you, guppies. The golden rule, in nature, is not "do unto others" -- it is "why waste the protein?"
"...answered that God must have "an inordinate fondness for beetles." That's because there are, by some estimates, around 400,000..."
June 30, 2000 Books Feature by Roger Gathman