“Silent Spring” is a brilliant written book that opens our eyes to own dark perception of Nature. Though written in 1962 its message is still relevant to today.
The chemicals and the agents that man unleashes against nature as changed but his attitude still remains the same. The problems have now become more global than it was in 1962. With hugely populated countries now becoming economic powerhouses it seems their needs and wants overrides the needs and wants of Nature.
But what is Silent Spring? Even though the term was supposed to represent the season it could just as easily represent a natural spring. It is basically a natural environment where the sounds of life, no longer exists be it season or a small body of flowing water.
It is an oxymoron of sorts. Is a silent spring? A spring? A season… or something altogether different? When the presence of life has slowly been eroded from a space (spring) or time (season) that represents nature what does it become? The book makes us ask these questions and more…
What does our actions makes us?
We… the perpetrators, the malevolent force responsible for the slow destruction of the natural world. How can we continue to pollute the very air we breathe, and poison the very waters we drink, and contaminate the foods that we eat, without consequences and repercussions?
‘A fable for tomorrow’ is the first chapter of Silent Spring. It is a fictional tale that reflects a thousand true stories of how man and his industry have devastated thousands of local environments. Yet when an oil spill occurs or an industrial plant dumps its waste into a river, it is reported and we all gasp in momentary shock but then life goes on… as it was.
We have been gathering scientific evidence detailing the impact of Man’s activities on nature for decades now, yet the winds of change have been slow in coming… too slow. While the planet warms, and the glaciers begin to melt and the forests continue to dwindle, we relentlessly grow, expand and exploit. The book forces us to look at ourselves.
Is it just about the taming of wild chaotic nature or is it something altogether deeper?
Is it possible that Man cannot live in harmony with nature?
Is it possible that the very concept of Man is the antithesis of nature?
That for man to grow he needs to exploit, plunder and destroy? And that Man’s continual progression will only stop when the very air he breathes is no longer breathable..?
No one knows but we do have a choice. We are continually learning about our own inner nature as we interact with the natural world. It seems to be a test of sorts, where our yearning for convenience, progress and growth is tested against our respect of nature. We owe a note of gratitude to Silent Spring, in opening our eyes to the effects of our own activities on nature and inevitably ourselves.
‘A grim spectre has crept upon us almost unnoticed…’ Rachel Carson – “Silent Spring”.