Silent Spring Chapter 1&2

Rachel Carson

Chapter 1
A Fable for Tomorrow

Miss Rachel starts her book with an imagined town which suffered several disasters.

It was a nice place, full of vitality and beauty.

Suddenly, natives realized that a grim spectre had crept upon this imagined town almost unnoticed. Birds and fish had died. Doctors were puzzled by the strange illness appearing among their patients.

Something went wrong, of course. No enemy, no witchcraft.

People have done it themselves.

Chapter 2
The Obligation to Endure

In this chapter, the author pointed out an inconvenient truth: human beings have altered the direction of other species at a large scale. The main reason why we suffer a lot from the insects may be the immigration unprecedentedly.

Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?

Everyone has the reasonable answer but no one takes action. The cruel reality is that we live in an era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged.

In the words of Jean Rostand, ‘The obligation to endure gives us the right to know’.

We public must make an end to the sugar coating of unpalatable facts.

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