I have almost completely lost the urge to write on this blog. I guess I'm writing this easy post to keep busy, as Arthur Schopenhauer recommended. So those of you waiting for updates to the Flatland series may be waiting for some while. We'll see. My motivation has disappeared, which may betoken my acceptance (at last!) of this crock of shit called the Human Condition.
There is a new series on PBS called EARTH: A New Wild. The "new wild" is new because there is no wild. There is no wild because "people are everywhere" (video below).
The series was written by and features the naturalist and conservationist Dr. M. Sanjayan. Ample evidence exists which demonstrates that thousands and thousands of other species are fucked, and Sanjayan is familiar with that evidence, but that is not the story Dr. M wants to tell
To his credit, Sanjayan tries to bring humans into the picture. Unfortunately, that's where things start to unravel, because over and over again Dr. M makes the point that Other Species Have Value To Humans, and thus his underlying questions are always the same:
Can't we peacefully co-exist with these other species? Surely we can, right? Isn't it in our best interest to do so?
You know, the very species we're driving to extinction. Sanjayan avoids this unpleasant fact, preferring instead to focus on Stories of Hope.