Learning to Die
Learning to Die Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis by Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky This small little book tells it like it is.
The end is nigh and humans are responsible. Well at least it is human caused and this is the first time in history that one species has wrecked it for all the other ones.
In the second story or essay or whatever these are; Jan argues that we are like Socrates who has recieved word that his boat from Deloas has been spotted on the horizon and his death is imminent making a direct comparison to the looming climate catastrophe which is soon upon us.
Let us not quibble about details but all of the major metrics indicating the canary in the coalmine are in decline.
From bees to birds
From ice melt to soil
Things ain't getting any better
Unless your a capitalist
Instead of slowing down
we speed up
As Jan points out even cats writing for the New York Review of Books state,
"Many are surprised to learn the science of green house gases i uncontroversial"
Or the Economist a bastion of free market capitalism writing
that projected demand for oil over the next two decades would raise the temperature by 5 degrees.
Not believing in climate change is like not believing you have a nose
and no amount of evidence is going to convince you
We call it will full denial in Alberta
and when their not getting syphilis,
they are getting treated.
And praying for more pipelines
Because a climate emergency
Is a pay cut for them
So best to ignore the obvious.
After all the Trumpster as that scum bag Mulroney calls him
Also believes climate change is a hoax and is dismantling the EPA.
Scroll on scroll on.
As an ex friend flies to Russia to look fr love
Another one eats meat without regret or conscience
Nothing could be more important than that.
If you can't control them with whip and chains
Then control them with money.
This is how it ends
Not with a bang
But with a whimper.
So how does one die well?
A little sprinkle of awareness
Virtue use to mean manliness
The greeks emphasized excellence
To excel at being the thing you were.
Sophia wisdom- skill in practical tasks-
awareness that one did not know --humility
sophrosune temperance or moderation self control
andreia manly spirit or courage
hosiotes piety piety (n.) "mercy, tenderness, pity,"
from Old French piete "piety, faith; pity, compassion"
from Latin pietatem (nominative pietas)
"dutiful conduct, sense of duty; religiousness,
piety; loyalty, patriotism; faithfulness to natural ties,"
in Late Latin "gentleness, kindness, pity;" from pius "kind"
"In order to understand this poetics of the oppressed one must keep in mind its
main objective: to change the people – ‘spectators’, passive beings in the theatrical
phenomenon – into subjects, into actors, transformers of the dramatic action."
(Boal 2008, 97)
Finally, it's interesting to note that the SI recognized that they were not the only
contemporary avant-garde with an interest in creating playful situations towards
revolutionary ends. They made occasional passing reference to other work being done in
this area, particularly the 'happenings' in the artistic avant-garde in New York, but
claimed that those were situations based on poverty (of material, of humanity, of
philosophy) while those of the SI must be based on "material and spiritual richness"