Ever since modern humans have formed a cohesive society, they have slowly removed themselves from being manipulated by their surroundings, to being in direct control of the surrounding environment. One form of this control is the use of pesticides to keep crops, and various locations free of insects, some of which are carriers of disease. While humans are rampantly using these pesticides and insecticides, many remain blissfully unaware of the longterm effects and harm which said pesticides can wreak upon the environment. While many believe that these effects are irrevocable, there are those who do believe that change can be made. Only through education can humanity eventually repair the damage caused to earth.
[...] The fact that the male human is unwilling to accept this, as he prepares to join the other humans in the colonization of Mars, reflects the stubbornness of humans towards different ways of life, and accepting new ideas, as stated by Butler through Jodahs, might live a long time, but in the end you'll destroy yourselves” (10). Through the proper application of education these threats can be regulated and overtime resolved. Carson brings forth one method which could greatly reduce the use of chemicals. [...]
[...] While the fate of human life is not guaranteed, as species come and go, the fate of the planet, and its ability to sustain life is not out of our hands. While generations of the past have molded the environment in negative ways, seen through Carson's writing, it clearly shows humanity does have the capability to change life for the good of all creatures. The fact that the companies who create these chemicals ignore those who protest just makes the point that awareness of these chemicals needs to be raised. [...]
[...] The message derived from this is clear; unless we educate ourselves to live in an entirely new way, we will destroy ourselves and all around us. It can be argued that matters have gone too far, that no matter what we do now, the earth will be destroyed. Carson points out that the significant change cannot occur in era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged” (483). Those who do notice the effects, who take the initiative to protest, receive “false assurances to the sugar coating of unpalatable facts” as a result (483). [...]
[...] As a result of this ignorance towards the earth, Piercy describes how it is also the mindset of people keeping any change from occurring, “Power warps because it involves joy in domination; also because it means forgetting how we too starve, break like a corn stalk in the wind, how we die like the spinach of drought, how what slays the vole slays (372). Many feel we are separate and in fact superior to nature, and as a result have become insensitive to the environment around them, and how it affects us. [...]
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