David Suzuki Hidden Lessons Analysis

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In the article Hidden Lessons by David Suzuki, he talks about urbanized parents and children “making it easy to lose any sense of connection with nature” (D.Suzuki). Sparks of interest and fascination is evident during a child’s first encounter with nature. Throughout the essay Suzuki says that “children learn attitudes and values very quickly and the lesson in cities is very clear- nature is an enemy, its dirty, dangerous or a nuisance” (D.Suzuki). The main idea of Hidden Lessons is “the assumption that human beings are special and that we lie outside nature” (D.Suzuki). David Suzuki uses history, facts, and personal anecdotes to support his ideas. The reader is taught to love and respect nature and is left with a positive message insinuating change. David begs parents to “realize…show more content…
He tells us that “ninety-nine percent of our species’ existence on the planet, we were deeply embedded in and dependent on nature. When plants and animals were plenty we flourished.” (D.Suzuki). Today we live in a world “conceived, shaped, and dominated by people.” (D.Suzuki). Human beings have a dictatorship over all the other beings on this planet. It is believed that “this is creating many of our environmental problems today” (D.Suzuki). Originally, many centuries ago, animals, aside from Human beings, invaded and roamed the Earth freely. Now in city apartments and residences, the presence of roaches, fleas, ants, mosquitoes or houseflies is guaranteed to bring forth the spraying of insecticides. Then when the creatures foray through our space we poison, crush, or trap them. In today’s society “We have a modern arsenal of chemical weapons to fight off these invaders and we use them lavishly” (D.Suzuki). All this fear and disgust is caused by the way we, as children, have been conditioned by society. David believes this is slowly destroying our planet, and is the cause of hundreds of
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