From Father Paul Schroeder’s translation:

“Let not we who are reasonable show ourselves to be more savage than the unreasoning animals.  For even the animals use in common the plants that grow naturally from the earth.  Flocks of sheep graze together upon the same hillside, herds of horses feed upon the same plain, and all living creatures permit each other to satisfy their need for food.  But we hoard what is common, and keep for ourselves what belongs to many others.” St. Basil, “In Time of Famine and Drought”

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