I wanted to recommend two videos from a talk by David Abram. I’m reading his book Becoming Animal at the moment and loving it. These are short clips, and the quality is poor, but they are worth watching. In the first he speaks passionately of our flight from embodiment and its consequences. In the second he tells a marvelous story about an encounter with the more-than-human world. Lovely.
I also enjoyed this interview of Paul Kingsnorth by Rob Hopkins of the Transition Towns movement. Having done my own time working in the environmental movement, I really appreciate Kingsnorth’s perspective on the question of how to live now given everything we’re up against. In my own life I still struggle with what seems like the necessity of withdrawing. I believe the game is over, and that our society is already unraveling, and on some level I welcome that. We cannot go on like this. But there’s something in me that still can’t quite let go completely.
And finally, I found Francis Weller’s latest essay remarkably beautiful and moving. He was recently asked about the value of grieving the destruction of nature. When all seems already lost, what’s the point of grief? Why bother? This is his response. Profound.