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As we move so rapidly from “just not quite fatal” to fatal:

March 24, 2012

“Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is  inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand that which is good? Such thinking, in the words of the ecologist Paul Shepard, ‘idealizes life with only its head out of the water, inches above the limits of tolerations of the corruption of its own environment…Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?'”

 

(Rachel Carson & Paul Shepard, from Silent Spring)

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