Rachel had an uncommon love of nature, "Nature was her
religion," her mother said. Rachel reacted normally when her religion
was confronted with destruction. Rachel perceived Human tenure on Earth
as only a drop in the sea of time. Humans were/are attempting to
acquire mastery over an environment that had existed for billions of
years before them, and would likely continue for a billion more.
Aesthetically, Rachel invested all of the "being"
into her mental health and physical well being. All of her emotions
were contained, reflected and expressed in/by the environment. Only
that enigma, in the pursuit
of "having," would launch Rachel into an environmental crusade. I
that Rachel’s interpretation of the birds dying at the spring took the
of a global metaphor, or; Humans would extinguish themselves next if
were not controlled.
How do the chemical companies and their spokespersons
represent the "having"
mode of existence?
No company can make money fast enough and someone is
on the edge of an invention. Deals are made so far in advance that when
a social renegade attempts to expose an oversight a.k.a. injustice, the
renegade is silenced. Ordering last minute changes to a stockholders
report that has already been sent to reproduction is a "no no."
Petroleum companies, for instance, represent a full 1/3rd of
US GNP. If the petroleum industries were disrupted, bank loans would
default. The banks would collapse faster than Black Friday and our
currency would dissolve. In light of cold war concerns of Carson’s era,
the government also had motive to keep her rabble rousing under wraps.
For representing a capitalist country, JFK made a lot of enemies with
his benevolent policies and humanitarian agendas. I had no idea that
the chemical companies might have been co-sponsors of Kennedy’s
assassination. If the United States was to lose it’s economic
advantage, the Empire would collapse. It is evident that Carson’s
antagonists perceived her as a pain-in-the-ass.
What were some of the challenges that Rachel Carson
to expose the problem?
Women were supposed be teachers, secretaries or
during the 30’s-50’s. Carson had a brain; she studied biology and
marine biology and became one of the first prolific feminists to
achieve credibility by an academic
standard on scientific issues. After she breached the sex barrier, she
the assistance of a competent chemist to compose her hypothesis for
validity. Once she was theoretically literate, she became especially
the equation no longer pitted Wilma Flintstone against a petulant
but a literate marine biologist with a watertight case against the
community over a life threatening issue. The scientific community
her work as heresy until reality proved her hypothesis. Because her
were accurate, inconvenienced or otherwise, the momentum of her
environmental crusade resulted in the EPA.
What is the fundamental attitude toward nature
It is the duty of Man to control his natural
What are some of the attitudes toward people expressed
through the "having"
The chemical industry claimed that DDT expanded food
production in 3rd world countries; that they were providing
humanitarian relief. If relieving the Earth of Humans was the
intention, than they were successful.
What kinds of challenges face those who are attempting
rectify some of the injustices that result from the profit-driven
global petro-chemical industry? Personal? Social? Economic? Cultural?
People need to work – how does any government revoke
operations of a
company whose payroll exceeds the population of some 3rd
countries? Not only are the employees tied up in consumer credit such
home and auto loans plus credit cards, but the companies themselves
operate their own credit unions, maintain portfolios and avoid
operations that contradict sound investment practices. Money, not
philanthropy, is the object of capitalism. Dividends, not dying birds,
is the objective of a stockholder. Pleasing the Board, not the EPA, is
the objective of a CEO who draws a seven-digit salary to do whatever
he’s told to do.
Until it becomes possible to revolutionize the way in
we perceive money, finance will continue to drive the Nation with all
other thoughts, inventions, aesthetics and pursuits subordinated to
profit. I do not deny that possibility, but with my limited
comprehension of what goes on behind
elitist think-tank doors, I don’t predict any amendments to our
system. To interpret Fromm with considerable license: We have ingrained
and learned behavior that has us reading scripts instead of being
we react to sensory stimulation according to prescription, rather than
values. Non-conformist values are unethical by a ‘having’ standard. If
you aren’t in business to make money, than your option is to row with
other slaves. If you never figure it out – that’s OK – there are never