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This is a wise proverb and one that is very important. They key words here are not the difference between the words, "ancestors" and "children," but the difference between the words, "inherit" and "borrow." The point is that when it comes to the earth, no one owns it. This this sense, we do not "inherit." We are simply, "borrowing."
When we borrow something, then we need to take care of it. We cannot do anything that we want, because we do not own it. We can even say that we are entrusted with some for a time being and we need to give it back at certain point. This is a good mentality to have when it comes to the earth and something that fits into the green movement. We only have one earth and we need to take better care of it for our children and our grand children.
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