We would do better to remember
Loren Eisely's warning about "the wounded outcry of the human ego as . . . it learns that the world made supposedly for his enjoyment has existed for untold eons entirely indifferent to its coming."

'The need is not for more brains", Eiseley said, "the need is now for a gentler, a more tolerant people than those who won for us against the ice, the tiger, and the bear. The hand that hefted the axe, out of some old blind allegiance to the past fondles the machine gun as lovingly. It is a habit man will have to break to survive, but the roots go very deep."

Elsewhere Eiseley spoke of the machine gun's monstrous successor. "He holds the heat of suns within his hands and threatens with it both the lives and happiness of his unborn descendants . . . caught in a physiological trap and faced with the problem of escaping from his own ingenuity."

David R. Brower


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