Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

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The "control of nature" is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man.

--Rachel Carson, in Silent Spring

5 comments:

  1. I'm ashamed to say that I still have not read that book! It's on my list though...maybe this winter after moving is over!

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  2. I read it so many years ago that it's probably time for a re-read...

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  3. I remember being galvanized by this book, probably read in 1963.  Or thereabouts.  She was a pioneer and her words are so true.  We humans set ourselves apart from the natural world, the world that gave us birth and gives us life still.  Thanks for the reminder of this great naturalist.

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  4. But, - doesn't it say in the bible that we are given dominion over the animals and the world?  Surely that means we can be as careless as we like with them.  It's a God-given right!  Where's my dictionery?  "Dominion - Supreme authority."  Yeah, Webster and the Bible agree.  We can do what we like - and take the consequences.

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  5. Just reading that phrase "the control of nature" both sickens me and makes me roll my eyes.

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