All peoples of the Earth once lived close to the land. Their lives depended on a landbased economy that required an awareness and knowledge of the complex web of relationships connecting them with the natural world and as a result, many of our early human ancestors held all life to be sacred. These ancestors lived according to their own world wide web, an information system developed through experience and observation, through trial and error. This understanding and dependence fostered a deep reverence and respect for animate and inanimate, human, and non-human life. In a roundabout way, let me explain how I came to write this series of essays.