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Nature's Keeper

Peter Wenz

Publication Year: 1996

Published by: Temple University Press


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My intellectual debts are too great to remember, much less specify, in detail. I thank the following people who read the manuscript in whole or in part and made helpful suggestions: George Agich, Robert Becker, Harry Berman, Kenneth Berryman, Meredith Cargill, Alex Casella, Ed Cell, Royce jones, john Otranto, Richard...

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pp. 1-13

I always worry that I won't return alive when I travel by plane. At 37,000 feet it was a little late to consider alternatives. Patricia seemed comfortable one row back, except for intermittent shallow coughs. We were returning from two weeks in Europe, one in Bavaria and the other in Salzburg, where we attended the World Uranium Hearing. At the hearing...

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Chapter 1. Our Christian Heritage

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pp. 14-26

Patricia and I began our European adventure with a week's vacation in the Bavarian Alps before the hearing started. I never guessed this first week would profoundly affect my understanding of hearing lectures and testimony.

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Chapter 2. Commercialism

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pp. 27-42

After visiting Oberammergau Patricia and I went to Mittenwald, which Fodor's describes as possibly "the most beautiful town in the Bavarian Alps." It is on a north-south trading route dating from Roman times, but its wealth dates from the late Middle Ages when it became a link in the commercial connection of Verona to Munich.

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Chapter 3. Industrialism

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pp. 43-63

We departed Mittenwald for Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which Fodor's considers the Alpine capital of Bavaria. The 1936 Winter Olympics were held there. The center of Garmisch shows an American influence-McDonald's, the paradigm of industrial standardization. Their products...

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Chapter 4. Nationalism, Bureaucracy, and the Holocaust

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pp. 64-81

Our stay in Bavaria was most enjoyable. After visiting Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we spent some time near Fussen, an attractive market and tourist town. In and near the town are castles built by nobles of different centuries. The most famous is the most recent, Neuschwanstein, built under the direction of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in...

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Chapter 5. Nuclear Power and Radiation Exposure

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pp. 82-101

Our train arrived in Salzburg on Sunday about 5:30 P.M. I was concerned that we would not reach our room before 6:00 P.M., and was unsure if that jeopardized our reservation. I had written ahead to the organizers of the World Uranium Hearing to request a decent bed and breakfast that was close to the...

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Chapter 6. Nuclear Power and Human Oppression

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pp. 102-117

After hearing so many people testify at the World Uranium Hearing against the use of nuclear power, I was having difficulty understanding what its proponents could say in its favor. I have since found that industry advocates varied their arguments over the years. In the 1960s, nuclear power was supposed to be extremely...

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Chapter 7. Indigenous Peace and Prosperity

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pp. 118-134

The World Uranium Hearing was designed largely to publicize problems that many indigenous people face as a result of our culture's use of uranium technologies. But the testimony of these people , and of scientific experts, displayed a larger pattern. Our culture tends to oppress people in the process of subduing nature in the supposed human interest. This implies that...

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Chapter 8. Indigenous World Views

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pp. 135-148

Expressions of indigenous cultures were frequent at the World Uranium Hearing. Besides dress and language, indigenous people used song and prayer to convey their cultures' riches. The Monday afternoon session began, for example, with a prayer sung in the Hopi language. The present chapter discusses world views typical of tribal people and exposes some fundamental differences between...

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Chapter 9. Implications

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pp. 149-162

Friday evening, after a week of testimony, the hearing ended with a tree-planting ceremony high on a hill near Salzburg. The tree's growth would represent growth in awareness and earth-centered values. I wondered if awareness and values would grow as needed. If I...

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Chapter 10. Practical Suggestions

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pp. 163-179

The two most influential political parties in the United States agree that human welfare is paramount and that economic growth helps humanity. They propose to stimulate economic growth with international trade, while fighting crime with more prisons, terrorism with reduced civil liberties, poverty with welfare reform, and declining family values with sermons and tax breaks. Gore Vidal notes that...

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The Flight Home

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pp. 180-188

When the World Uranium Hearing was over, Christa and Peter Jecel took Patricia and me for a sightseeing tour of neighboring Austrian towns. Then it was on to Munich and our flight home. As I sat in the plane, fearful as usual when flying, I began putting together the themes of this book. While making notes furiously, I suddenly noticed an unwelcome smell-smoke. Before I could alert...


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E-ISBN-13: 9781439904626

Publication Year: 1996