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The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton$
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Monica Weis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813130040

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813130040.001.0001

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Woodland Deer

Woodland Deer

An Ecological Journey in Miniature

(p.157) Afterword Woodland Deer
The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton

SSJ Monica Weis

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter provides a vignette or snapshot of Thomas Merton's spiritual journey—his story in miniature—as he learned to interact responsibly with the deer in the woods surrounding his hermitage. Emulating Merton's fondness for metaphor and analogy, the word symphony is deliberately used: his transformative interaction with deer follows the musical structure of the first movement of a symphony: exposition, development, and recapitulation or coda. In general, it is stated that humans need to develop an ecological conscience.

Keywords:   Thomas Merton, deer, woods, ecological conscience, symphony, exposition, development, recapitulation

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