It is wonderful the way a little town keeps track of itself and of all its units. If every single man and woman, child and baby, acts and conducts itself in a known pattern and breaks no walls and differs with no one and experiments in no way and is not sick and does not endanger the ease and peace of mind or steady unbroken flow of the town, then that unit can disappear and never be heard of. But let one man step out of the regular thought or the known and trusted pattern, and the nerves of the townspeople ring with nervousness and communication travels over the never lines of the town. Then every unit communicates to the whole.

Excerpt from The Pearl by John Steinbeck

One thought on “Monoculture

  1. That’s an interesting quote. I believe we are all different. If we can discuss out differences in a civilized manner, we have a chance to broaden our horizons and realize there are many ways t o lead productive lives. If we all lived as describe in Monoculture, it might get boring. Best wishes, Margaret Eubank


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