Week 4: The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse

I enjoyed this read, so much so I finished in a single day. I didn’t find myself wanting to throw it against the wall, I found myself pulling quotes out, agreeing with most of what Bruckner was writing. I found Bruckner’s writing style to be a little too much sometimes and filled with more information than I could comprehend in a single read of the page, that I had to re-read some parts, but other than that I liked the book. Also, because Bruckner is a philosopher the intention of this book is full of ideas and assertions, not one that has research to support it. Bruckner critiques ecologism throughout the book with references to Gaia, Francis Bacon and Robocop. 

“Progress is a curse: it forbids us to be content with our condition, makes us avid for the slightest innovation, and the phenomenon is amplified in a mass society in which millions of individuals are in the grip of the demon of rapacity,” (page 139)

  • I agree to an extent with what Bruckner wrote. In a sense I do think progress can be a curse because it is true, most people are not content with their progression and believe there is more that they can do. I believe Bruckner was pointing to the idea (or fact) that nobody is satisfied with the advances in technology and are okay with the risks there are when advancing technology. In the idea about Climate Change I do think more progress needs to be done in order to develop long-term ideas instead of the short term ideas. 

“We have to protect nature, but we also have to protect ourselves against nature,” (page 102). 

  • I found this an interesting quote, in part, because Bruckner takes an interesting take, but also because I never really thought about it that way, but it makes sense. With the increase in severity by natural disasters in the past year alone, the fires hurricanes, tornados, etc. we do have to protect ourselves against nature while protecting nature at the same time. Mother Nature is giving us warning signs with the fires and hurricanes devastating many populations of man and animal, and those warnings are signaling to us that we have to protect nature before she eliminates us herself. 

“And like the Red Queen in Through the Looking-Glass, we are forced to run constantly just to stay where we are,” […] “Our constant movement carries us away and increasingly resembles relentless change,” (page 74). 

  • Bruckner later goes on to say that progress never stops and that it spares us and that desire is constantly renewed. The Red Queen Hypothesis is an evolutionary hypothesis that organisms must constantly adapt, evolve and reproduce in order to survive while pitted against ever-evolving organisms. So, we, as humans, have to adapt to mother nature, climate change and global warming as they are adapting to the negative changes we are producing on the planet. The change is relentless because it is not positive, yet, we are still harming the planet as we are evolving, but there is still hope that humans can stop and check how we are treating the planet in order to survive.

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