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Prabhleen Sidhu English 1A Essay #4 The Star Thrower by Loren Eisley “Anger is like flowing water; there's nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” C. JoyBell. In this day and age, all attention and time is gone into electronics, and modern technology. There is no problem with this, instead, modern technology has opened doors to many many things, these things could not have even been imagined a century ago. However, when looking at the big picture, this state of mind is polluting the human race. It is rare to find a human enjoying nature and breathing in the fresh air but instead we see them with their eyes glued to some type of screen. The idea is not to choose between technology or nature but to use it right, use it as a solution to the many problems we face on this earth. The Star Thrower by Loren Eisley is a collection of the author’s favorite essays and poems. This includes selections that span Eiseley’s entire writing career and provide a sampling of the author as a naturalist, poet, scientist, and humanist.The book is divided into three parts: in the first section, which was my favourite, he shares some of his experiences in life and with nature, which leads him to pose interesting questions
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and draw some thoughtful conclusions. The second section is shorter and contains some poetry. In the third section, which is most of the book, he explores a number of broad questions about the human species as life evolves against an unseen and an unknown future. Humanity is acquiring all the right technology but for all the wrong reasons. Technology has played a major role in the modern life to all individuals in the society. It has enabled societies to prosper both socially and economically by enabling them to develop common culture and values. Nature is a key factor in life to succeed and prosper. A walk to enjoy nature may soothe the mind and in the process, change the way our brain works and thinks. Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside, in green natural spaces than people did several generations ago. This is an effect of modern technology. In this essay, I want to go into depth about what I felt when I attempted to get closer to nature, what Eisley seems to be doing with his writing, what is Eisley trying to teach his readers, and what I have learned this semester.
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