Silent Spring

April 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm 3 comments

I’ve just started reading Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, which is one of those seminal books I can’t quite believe I haven’t read yet. I feel I’m going to enjoy it. My sleep cycle is too messed up to permit any sensible comment on it, but I was struck by this sentence (p28 of the Penguin Classics edition):

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?

Discuss.

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  • 1. Compostwoman  |  April 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Well anyone who visits here , or similar…isn’t going to be mesmerised into inevitability!

    I read it when I was 14..( wow, 33 years ago tomorrow!)

    and it had a HUGE impact on me and my life..I can honestly say I am, what I am, because of this book…

    make of that what you will!

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  • 2. sproutingbroccoli  |  April 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    That’s encouraging to hear!

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  • 3. GTM  |  May 10, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Hullo there :o)
    I havent read this book! eeek!will order from the lbrary lorry next week.
    I STRONGLY! believe that there are huge swathes of people out there who are simply clueless on what quality really is & accept either Louder,Bigger,Shiny~er(is that a word lol)Faster,Newer,etc etc as better? & it makes me so cross & so worried & then equally so determined to have nothing to do with it all sigh.

    Faced with some aberation passing as *food* such as Kentucky or McDonalds they pile their plates sky high yet would poo pah simple boiled egg & toast from home hens & home made bread.

    Such dimwits :o(
    GTM x

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