The Connection Between Rachel Carson's "A Fable for Tomorrow", Thoreau's "Walden" and Emerson's "Nature"

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Time is such an essential concept in today's world, yet the source from which its importance arose has given birth to its misuse. How do we really use this short amount of time that has been provided to us on earth? The modern world has shaped our way of life, which is highly criticized by many thinkers. In her essay "A Fable for Tomorrow", Rachel Carson describes the effects of "man's attempt to control nature" on our planet and on our future. Two prolific transcendentalists, who flourished decades before Carson, would not be surprised by the most shocking statements made in her essay. Thoreau's "Walden" and Emerson's "Nature" brilliantly and unknowingly foreshadow the "fable for tomorrow".

In her essay "A Fable for Tomorrow", Rachel Carson condemns society's pitiable attempt to tame the all mighty force of nature. She encourages us adopt a different attitude towards nature by taking an alternate road which would not destine us to destruction.

Carson thoroughly describes the discoveries of technology and science, such as nuclear fusion and radiation, synthetic chemical compounds, and insecticides to prove that man is using the treasures of nature to better destroy it. Carson states that "the rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature". In other words, men's countless interventions on the flow of nature's mechanisms do not take account of any possible consequences, which could be fatal because the pace of man is too fast for nature's natural response. Carson foreshadows pandemics, the discontinuation of life and reproduction, and perhaps a complete retreat of nature. Nature's gifts of intelligence to man will ultimately backfire if he doesn't use it in an intelligent manner.

Carson's essay breathes the notion of...