The Wisdom of Trees

Walt Whitman on what our silent friends teach us about being rather than seeming by Maria Popova edited by O Society September 24, 2019 Hermann Hesse wrote in his lyrical love letter to our arboreal companions, “then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.” Two generations earlier, a different … Continue reading The Wisdom of Trees

Social Darwinism and Fitness

"Yes, change is the basic law of nature. However, the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species who survives; it is not the strongest who survives; but rather the species who survives is … Continue reading Social Darwinism and Fitness

Our Planet Is Dying. The Time for Fairytales Is Over. In a highly anticipated speech in Congress after travelling half the way across the Atlantic by boat, Greta Thunberg urges US senators to learn from the sacrifices of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists in the fight against climate change. Here is the transcript by Greta Thunberg edited by O Society September 21, … Continue reading Our Planet Is Dying. The Time for Fairytales Is Over.

The Global Climate Strike is Happening Right Now

Global Climate Strike edited by O Society September 20, 2019 This week is historic. In over 150 countries, people step up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we.  Young people woke up much of the world with their powerful … Continue reading The Global Climate Strike is Happening Right Now

On Fire: The Right to a Future

The Right to a Future, with Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg Sep 9, 2019 On Fire by Naomi Klein edited by O Society September 15, 2019 On a Friday in mid-March, they streamed out of schools in little rivulets, burbling with excitement and defiance at an act of truancy. The little streams emptied on to … Continue reading On Fire: The Right to a Future

War, Empire, and Racism in the Anthropocene

The biophysical-economics and military-logics of industrial hyperreality by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society September 11, 2019 The Anthropocene. A proposed new geological epoch which designates a shift to a planetary age dominated by human impacts across the geological processes of the Earth. Geologists dispute the duration, precision, relevance and even accuracy of the concept. But … Continue reading War, Empire, and Racism in the Anthropocene