What the earth is saying

In January there were apocalyptic infernos in Australia.

In February there was unprecedented flooding around England.

Now it’s March and we’ve got a global pandemic.

It’s almost as if the planet is trying to tell us something.

I think she’s trying to say: ‘Stop it. Stop killing me. And stop murdering all the other life forms that live here.’

She’s been saying it gently for decades and nobody’s been listening. So now she’s decided to use a language that even the dimmest can understand.

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  1. Kathryn Jolly

     /  March 26, 2020

    Thank you for writing your intellectually generous and rich posts. (For some reason, the ‘like’ button doesn’t work, so I am leaving a comment.) While living through history, I find it bleakly comforting to read history. Right now, it feels very fitting to have just read your extended series on J G Ballard. I found your blog while in London, online searching for articles about Kingsley Amis’ books — o felix culpa. Hoping that you and yours are well and safe.

  2. C A Clarke

     /  March 30, 2020

    In response to the first post, and to this general blog: I am a steady reader and occasional commenter, and I don’t think there has been one article that hasn’t sent me to an online bookshop, to an art gallery, or to thinking. I enjoy these ‘long reads’ of thoughtful analysis. The most recent, on Camus, is an excellent example.

    And I agree that the earth can be taken to be now flexing mightily in the bonds of selfish, rapacious, destructive stupidity in which humans have enclosed her. Given that I am, like our respected blog author, a non-believer from my childhood, I am not troubled by the idea that humans might either be chastened down to a rump of our former spread or wiped off the planet altogether. We hardly deserve such an honour as continuing on this beautiful world we have ruined.

    If we are indeed heading for the lip of the chasm, I can’t think of much better company as we float toward the roaring waters ahead of us falling to the abyss.


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