“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one of the book’s most cogent sentences: “We are fucked”)

He basically suggests (using among others’, insights of the great conflict strategist Thomas Schelling) we have not the slightest chance of achieving the global cooperation and economic/emissions downsizing necessary to stave off the catastrophic effects of climate change that will hit us massively and exponentially from 20-30 years time, if not sooner. If you loved “CO2 The Movie”, you are going to love the sequel “Permafrost Methane Release” even more….I am glad I went for a minimum of 100 feet above sea level in all property purchases since 1980….

Given all this, he thinks we should cultivate the philosophy and the humanities to endure with Socratic and Stoic fortitude the end of civilization and maybe have a few hardy Stoics survive.

Great book 1) To make Trump problems seem as trivial and light weight and short term as the man himself 2) For teachers of humanity students (Madeleine and Rebecca) to provide context for their study of Homer, the Greeks, Sumerian archaelogy (Piotr you could teach a great course round it) etc. and 3) To show how the humanities have a great, though only very medium term, future.

I commend its 117 pages written by an Iraq War veteran who sees the middle east Iraq and Syria as the first real climate effect wars…and his own preparing to die each time he left his base their during the Non Insurgency in 2004 as a model for a civilization to prepare in the same way.

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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1 Response to “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

  1. PS Roy Scranton tweeted he liked this review of his book. Thanks Roy!

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