An Ecological Journey in Miniature
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.
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