We are very bad at scale. The things that live in the soil are too small to care about; climate change too large to imagine. We are bad at time, too. We cannot remember what lived here before we did; we cannot love what is not. Nor can we imagine what will be different when we are dead. We live out our three score and ten, and tie our knots and lives only to ourselves. We take solace in pictures, and we wipe the hills of history.
Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (2014)