|bald eagle pair|
Photo by J. Harrington
It's also been a long time since a river caught fire in the United States. The Cuyahoga River fire of 1969 occurred within a decade of the publication of Silent Spring . The latter ultimately led to a ban in the U.S. of DDT. The former to the Clean Water Act of 1972.
The chemical/pesticide industry tried to discredit Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. They were much less successful than those who have created doubt and uncertainty about the effects of cigarette smoke and the sources and effects of accumulating green house gases. If we, once upon a time, could reverse the decline of bald eagles and other raptors, if we could ban the use of DDT in the U.S., why does it appear that the next president of the U.S. will be someone who attributes global warming to a "Chinese hoax?"
|bald eagle shadowed by a crow|
Photo by J. Harrington
How is it that, long, long ago, in a country far, far away, we had an ability to forge a consensus and create a nation of immigrants, while today we can't even communicate with civility if we disagree with our neighbor next door? Have we become so self-centered and self-righteous as individual citizens that we can't accept the idea we may be incorrect and imperfect? Have we become so insecure that we can't tolerate anyone who disagrees with us? Have we managed to dumb down our educational system to the point that it only turns out citizen drones that can neither fly nor navigate for themselves because both require the ability to think critically?
It's taken us several generations to restore our national symbol to a healthy status. I don't think we have as much time to spare while we do the same for our body politic. Continuing to segregate ourselves into communities and neighborhoods filled with those who think and act just like we do is not serving us well. Nature abjures monocultures. So should we. It just isn't healthy. Distilled water won't poison you, but neither will it nourish you. As you make your list for Santa this year, think about what you need as well as what you want. See how that works out.
The American eagle is not aware he isthe American eagle. He is never temptedto look modest.When orators advertise the American eagle’svirtues, the American eagle is not listening.This is his virtue.He is somewhere else, he is mountains awaybut even if he were near he would nevermake an audience.The American eagle never says he will serveif drafted, will dutifully serve etc. He isnot at our service.If we have honored him we have honored onewho unequivocally honors himself byoverlooking us.He does not know the meaning of magnificent.Perhaps we do not altogether eitherwho cannot touch him.
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