January 4th, 2021

values in conflict

When do you think it is acceptable to preserve land at the expense of someone who wants to use it now? That doesn't sound quite right for what I am trying to get at. Maybe, when are concerns for the past and/or future more important than concerns for the present?

I think of this often when I see a cemetery. If everyone has a stone, soon there will be nowhere left for the living to be. It's also of concern for ecological reasons, but what prompted my question was an article about death threats and vandalism being performed by "squatters" who claim the land as their own that is occupied by 5,000 year old ruins, "the oldest city in the Americas".