The stunning beauty of plants and animals arrayed together were, Alfred Wallace believed, "calculated at once to please and to refine mankind."
Alfred Wallace would come to see in human beings something special, unique in the natural world, far and away qualitatively different from anything else in the animal kingdom.
“Naturalists are too apt to imagine, when they cannot discover, a use for everything in nature.”
I’m now in the Malaysian state of Sabah some miles from the capital Kota Kinabalu, established as Jesselton long after Alfred Russel Wallace had left the region.
This was a great place to meet people from all over the world, brightened by the hospitality of the Malaysian people in a city that is easy to love.