Lets’ kick this off by introducing 3 new foundational concepts ….
Thinker: Timothy Morton Eco-philosopher. Blog site: Ecology without Nature
A ‘thing’ massively distributed in time and space relative to humans.
Hyperobjects – 5 Characteristics
Like fog, it is everywhere
Planetary––not human––time frames
Humans can’t tell which phase state they are in
Disrupted cause and effect
Operates through other ‘objects.’ We see impacts, never see ‘it’.
Climate change becomes a ‘thing’… a strange type of monster….
Thinker: Rob Nixon
Violence that occurs gradually and out of sight, a violence of delayed destruction that is dispersed across time and space, an attritional violence that is typically not viewed as violence at all (Nixon, 2011 p.130).
Thinker: EG Boulton
The hyperthreat of climate and environmental change has warlike destructive capabilities that are so diffuse that it is hard to see the enormity of the destruction coherently nor who is responsible for its hostile actions. It defies existing human thought and institutional constructs.
It is powered and energised by three key enablers:
Invisibility and unknowability
Ability to evade all existing human threat-response mechanisms
Human hesitancy––the slower humans are to act, the stronger it becomes.
Give me more! I’m ready for metaphysics!
Patience grasshopper…Let those new neuron pathways consolidate…