The historically specific mode of wealth generation that has dominated human life since its emergence in 17th-century Europe is, it turns out, totally alien from its very own planet. The wealth generation is infinite; the planet is rudely limited. The rift between the two is not only growing but closing down an old and roughly 12,000-year-old global system of life—and evidently opening a new, pretty much unknown one. In the weirdly peaceful documentary Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival, the philosopher Donna Haraway sees the current crisis (some call it the Anthropocene, others the Capitalocene; I prefer the former) not as the end of life on earth but as the transformation (or rearrangement) of "ways of living and dying." In short, life can and will continue after the extinction of humans (a young species). But if humans want to address the problem or hope to reverse the ongoing climate crisis, they must change their ways of living and dying on a cultural level. And it's important that humans distinguish what is natural from what is cultural. Though one (culture) is embedded in the other (nature), its rate of evolution is much, much faster. This fact is lost when nature (slow) is confused with culture (fast).
by Charles Mudede
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