Saturday, September 10, 2016

With Or Without Us


Israeli history professor, Yuval Noah Harari, has written a fascinating exploration of our species in Sapiens. It's a thought-provoking and compelling distillation of the most relevant changes we've experienced over our brief stint on this planet. I wish I could time travel to 11,000 BC and see an epoch in which we were well-adapted to our context. 


Meanwhile, Alan Weisman, uses our current knowledge of the world to hypothesize about what the earth would look like if our species suddenly disappeared. His book, The World Without Us, examines the potential legacy of the Anthropocene. It highlights the horror of what we have accomplished as well as the ultimate resiliency of nature. 


How do I hold my focus on this information? How is it that the most banal elements of our lives (plastic bags, tires) hold such destructive power? How do we suppress our appetites and the compulsions of the moment for the greater good? How do we both delight in and weep for our kind?

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