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Rachel Carson – wishful thinking, I’m afraid

June 14, 2014

“I myself am convinced that there has never been a greater need than there is today for the reporter and interpreter of hte natural world. Mankind has… sought to insulate himself, in his cities of steel and concrete, from the realities of earth and water and the growing seed. Intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going farther and farther into more experiments for the destruction of himself and his world.

There is certainly no single remedy for this condition and I am offering no panacea. But it seems reasonable to believe – and I do believe – that the more clearly we can focus our attention of the wonders and reality of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race.”

(Quoted in Carol Gartner’s Rachel Carson [1983])


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