It’s the use of the word ‘gift’ in the top quotation that I don’t agree with. It had always sounded odd to me (gift from whom?), and when I finally came across the other version (which used ‘gain’), it made complete sense right away.
‘Gain’ seems to imply that one’s earning of good karma resulted in the achievement of good health, whereas ‘gift’ makes it look like somebody blessed or granted you with it. Or maybe they just meant that it’s a gift to your present self from your past self and I’m just overthinking this.
I hope that my english is not too bad.
Thank you so much for this website, by the way.
The Amazon Rainforest is the world's greatest natural resource - the most powerful and bio-actively diverse natural phenomenon on the planet. Yet still it is being destroyed just like other rainforests around the world. The problem and the solution to rainforest destruction are both economic. Rainforests are being destroyed worldwide for the profits they yield - mostly harvesting unsustainable resources like timber, for cattle and agriculture, and for subsistence cropping by rainforest inhabitants. However, if land owners, governments and those living in the rainforest today were given a viable economic reason NOT to destroy the rainforest, it could and would be saved. Thankfully, this viable economic alternative does exist. Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils and other resources like rubber, chocolate and chicle, were harvested sustainably - rainforest land has much more economic value than if timber were harvested or if it were burned down for cattle or farming operations. Sustainable harvesting of these types of resources provides this value today as well more long term income and profits year after year for generations to come.