Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

No Animal is Meant to Live the Way We Have Lived for the Last Ten Thousand Years

Photo credits, clockwise from upper left:  1. China pollution — Damir Sagoli for Reuters; 2. Trump stormtroopers in Portland — Noah Berger for AP: 3. Garbage-pickers in Lagos — Samantha Appleton, in The New Yorker;  4. Refugees in Greece — Daniel … Continue reading

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This Is No One’s Utopia

photo by włodi on flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 PS Pirro recently riffed off a quote from Margaret Atwood that went: “Every dystopia is someone’s utopia. So whose utopia is this?” This was my reply: Margaret is a brilliant writer, but … Continue reading

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Trust in a Collapsing Economy

currency exchange in Somaliland, an unrecognized country within Somalia, from the BBC, photographer Simon Reeve One of the hallmarks of civilizational collapse is the loss of trust. Societies are built on mostly-unwritten agreements, and these agreements require an enormous amount … Continue reading

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Afraid to Love

Maybe I’ve never really loved. I guess that is the truth — I’ve spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitudes    — Joni Mitchell It’s been a while since I’ve written about love. I enjoyed Laura Kipnis’ book … Continue reading

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The Greatest Rock Song Lyrics

image by limitrofe on pixabay, CC0 This post will likely stir up some outrage, since poetry is so subjective, and music lyrics are especially so. Dave Barry has become quite famous for his survey and book of the worst song … Continue reading

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Too Dumb to Take Care of Ourselves

The history of medicine, both within and across cultures, is fascinating. Many cultures have designated medicine men and medicine women, and a propensity for referring to many non-pharmacological substances as medicines. Other cultures entrust decisions on self-health largely to the … Continue reading

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To What Extent Is There a Problem? (Guest Post by Paul Heft)

Paul is one of my closest collapsnik friends, and like me has been active in movements to prepare us for civilization’s end. He lives in Palo Alto. Here’s his latest synthesis of the current state of things. Photo by Fred … Continue reading

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Paying Attention to What We Pay Attention To

Thinking more about this astonishing eight word phrase, from Amy Rosenthal via  John Green: Pay attention to what you pay attention to. Over the past decade, I’ve given up thoughts of “improving” myself, what some people call doing the work … Continue reading

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No More Careers

images by the Noun Project CCBY Gan Khoon Lay and Webtechops LLP It took me my entire working life to realize how unnatural “work” — ie wage slavery, in a relationship of voluntary servitude to others — actually is. Even … Continue reading

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Preparing to Welcome Two Billion Refugees

The iconic 2015 photo by Daniet Etter/New York Times/Redux /eyevine of Middle-Eastern refugees weeping for joy at their safe arrival in Europe no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border … Continue reading

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