A More Perfect Union: Holistic Worldviews and the by Linda Sargent Wood

By Linda Sargent Wood

In 1962, whilst the chilly conflict threatened to ignite within the Cuban Missile drawback, whilst extra nuclear try bombs have been detonated than in the other yr in heritage, Rachel Carson published her personal bombshell, Silent Spring, to problem society's use of insecticides. To counter using chemicals--and bombs--the naturalist articulated a holistic imaginative and prescient. She wrote a couple of "web of lifestyles" that attached people to the area round them and argued that activities taken in a single position had results in different places. hundreds of thousands approved her message, joined environmental teams, flocked to Earth Day celebrations, and lobbied for legislative regulation.

Carson was once now not the one highbrow to supply holistic solutions to society's difficulties. This booklet uncovers a sensibility in post-World battle II American tradition that either demonstrated the good judgment of the chilly struggle and fed a number of the 20th century's strongest social events, from civil rights to environmentalism to the counterculture. The learn examines very important leaders and associations that embraced and positioned into perform a holistic imaginative and prescient for a calm, healthy, and simply international: nature author Rachel Carson, structural engineer R. Buckminster Fuller, civil rights chief Martin Luther King Jr., Jesuit priest and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow, and the Esalen Institute and its founders, Michael Murphy and Dick rate. every one seemed to complete platforms rather than elements and keen on connections, interdependencies, and integration to create a greater world.

Though the '60s goals of constructing a extra ideal international have been tempered by means of financial inequalities, political corruption, and deep social divisions, this holistic sensibility keeps to persuade American tradition today.

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