The Other Road

“We stand now where two roads diverge.  But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair.  The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth super highway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.  The other fork of the road – the one 'less travelled by' – offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth.

The choice, after all is ours to make.  If having endured much, we have at last asserted our 'right to know', and if, knowing, we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the council of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us.”

Rachel Carson. Silent Spring. 1962.

 

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