The system's connectedness increases, eventually becoming over-connected and increasingly rigid in its control. It becomes an accident waiting to happen.
Just a few decades ago, the world was still unaware of the planetary disasters brewing in the shadows of modern civilization. European philosophy and modern science ushered in an epoch of a physicalist and rational genius, which intellectually and technologically embedded the Earth’s ecosystems, cultures, and minds into a singular grand reality we call the World. The enthusiastic choir for civilizational progress deafened fringe critical voices on what the scientific-technological revolution might engender down the lines of history. In 1962 Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. It was the first environmental science book with an impact, decrying the use of pesticides; the nascent beginning of a cultural shift towards ecological consciousness. Yet, the following decades' crises were still primarily concerned with material culture, the economy, and politics — not with “Nature.” Still foreign to the human mind was a comprehension of the all-encompassing crisis that Carson began to illustrate. A crisis that in radical ways assaults the very spirit of modernity and radically questions “humanity’s” emancipation from Nature. Sixty years later, everything has changed. The simultaneous ravaging of a changing climate and a pandemic stretches the civilizational confidence in “progress” and begins to reveal the insidious philosophical and socio-cultural paradoxes underlying this modern worldly problematic.Read more