This concluding chapter looks back to the Earth's considerable history, emphasizing that the history of humanity herein is interlinked with that of many other living things sharing the same planet. To that end, humanity acts as the “co-tenants” on Earth alongside other creatures, albeit with a knowledge and awareness of the Earth's bounty. To that end the chapter emphasizes our obligations to the planet and, furthermore, to attain wisdom beyond humanity's accumulated knowledge of the Earth and its myriad components. It posits, in short, that we engage our planet in a conversation—not merely an interrogation—of the Earth and what it can teach us.
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