The New Ptolemy


The evolution of consciousness since the Enlightenment can be thought of as the progressive, and unwelcome realization of human insignificance. We inhabit this rock, spinning in infinity*, the center of nothing, outweighed in biomass by ants. God still loves us, right?

Or not…did we piss them off?

Sacrifice a goat. Sacrifice the SUV’s, whatever. Repent, ye sinners!

Where is your pride? We have enormous powers! We can change the planet’s climate with our fire. We are the Anthropocene! We can wipe species off the map with our axes. Just not the ants…

*Credit Paul Simon

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Anthropocene, Anthropology, Climate Change, History, Metaphor. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s