Man’s responsibility to nature is to take care and respect it since it cannot be replaced. Interfering with the circle of life, even if its two large wolves or multiple little hens it can still change the way things are in nature. Even our littlest decisions can change our outcome drastically.
In the story of “Travels with Charley” a man has a decision either to kill two wolves or let them carry on in life, even though these two wolves have not attacked or done anything to this man. He goes back and thinks of a quote one of his friends told him that made him take on the responsibility of taking care of nature, which was, “It was an unwritten law in China, so my informant told me, that when one man saved another’s life, he became responsible for that life until the end of existence.” (Stienbeck. 83) But in the story of “What happened during the Ice Storm”, the young boys became emotionally attached to the hens that the saw freezing outside in the horrible winter weather. They showed their responsibility to nature by “He covered two of the crouching pheasants with his coat, rounding the back of it over them like a shell” (Heynen. )
All the characters in both stories showed that some decisions are best just to help others. Either I being the man giving the wolves the food, or the boys giving the hens the coats, it still helped the animals from dying. Sometimes in life we do have to think before we act and put other ’s into consideration before we do something we think is right.