Nathaniel Southgate Shaler – Society is organized for a stable earth

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Human society is organized for a stable earth: its whole machinery supposes that while the other familiar elements of air and water are fluctuating and trustworthy, the earth affords a foundation which is firm. Now and then this implied compact with nature is broken, and the ground trembles beneath our feet. At such times we feel a painful sense of shipwrecked confidence: we learn how very precious to us was that trust in the earth which we gave without question.

Nathaniel Southgate Shaler   (1841-1906)
Aspects of the Earth

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