Excerpt from Silent Spring “The Obligation to Endure” by Rachel Carson

The history of life on earth has been a history of interaction between living things and their surroundings (pg. 153) . 

This quote makes me think about the interactions between my personal  environmental experiences with nature. I grew up in an agricultural surrounding, where both of my parents work in direct contact with the environment. My dads company focuses on the growth of seasonal crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, melons, etc. When we were little my dad would take up to the fields where the crops were being planted and maintained and I would be in awe to the care that the workers would put into the growth and development of the crops. It was been about 15 years since the last time I went to my dads job and interacted with the environment in such way as to simply care for the growth of such crop. My dads company focuses on the growth of seasonal crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, melons, etc.



The rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature (pg. 154).

This quote makes me think about the technology advances taking place and how the majority of all the stuff that we use in our daily lives are man made rather than environmentally made.  For example, the construction of buildings requires for space to build them, where man have to take down trees in oder to make this space available.  Carson describes the pace of nature as deliberate rather the man pace is more impulsive. When I think about these two complete different things and the pace that they each work is completely different. Today, I feel as though human beings don’t take the time time to understand the way nature works and want nature to revolve around our needs when by all means we revolve around nature.


Discase-carrying insects become important where human beings are crowded together, specially under conditions where sanitation is poor, as in time of natural disaster or war or in situates of extreme poverty and deprivation (pg. 157). 

Reading this quote make me think about the natural disasters that have occurred around the world such as the tsunami that killed thousands of families in thailand a couple years ago. After the disaster, many individuals also lost their lives due to disease carry insects that are exposed after such disasters. Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to Mexico where I was able to go to the poorest regions of the country. and many of the individual living in the area had life threatening illnesses. This quote definitely bring awareness of poverty and the need to make a change about it.



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