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Author QuotedRachel Carson
Title QuotedSilent spring / by Rachel Carson ; drawings by Lois and Louis Darling
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/12/11
ImprintBoston [etc.] : Houghton Mifflin [etc.]. 1962
QuotationI have been shocked at a notice of a new book, by Rachel Carson [Silent Spring], on what is happening to birds as a result of the indiscriminate use of poisons (which do not manage to kill all the insects they intend to kill). Someone will say: you worry about birds: why not worry about people? I worry about both birds and people. We are in the world and part of it and we are destroying everything because we are destroying ourselves, spiritually, morally and in every way. It is all part of the same sickness, and it all hangs together.
JournalTurning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4, 1960-1963.; Edited by Victor A. Kramer. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 274
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