Collapsology

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Ancient religions predicted the end of the world. Astrologists talked about fatal stars alignment in 2020. Where are we heading to?

Etymologically, “collapsology” is composed of the words “collapse” and ‘logy” as in logos, meaning the study of the collapse. Collapsology is an emerging field of research that stems from the outside the academic world and concerns the study of the heralded imminent collapse of our civilization.

The question is: are we really collapsing? Do you believe in the end of the world?

Many objective factors tell so: fires, climate change, storms and floods, diseases, financial crisis, violence, wars, species in extinction etc.

Many other more subtle factors indicate that something is profoundly wrong such as: agony of values, dysfunction of politics and economics the way we know them, the anachronism of the educational system, the misuse of words and grammar etc. And not to forget more psychological issues like depression, burnout, stress and so on.

As a response to these overwhelming factors, there is a serious quest of (old) new spiritualties, of new ways of working, of nature and naturalism.

Therefore, is it the end of the world or the end of a long era? Are we collapsing and dying or are we collapsing to rise again?

Becoming grey: the only colour of modern life.

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painting by Victor Mirabelli 

Winter in the city is grey, as if hibernation doesn’t include animals only. Grey is present through tints of brown, green, yellow and red. From walls to asphalt, from buildings to parking lots, from pigeons to rats, any given city is about more than fifty shades of grey.

What does it mean?

Maybe grey is the colour of comfort, practicalities and formalism.  It is fashionably the colour that marries well with all colours.

Sadly, grey is also the colour of leaking fuels on the surface of water, of garbage, of pollution and death. Depression and melancholy are grey. Is laziness grey? Probably it is.

Whether we must save ourselves or save the environment, perhaps it takes to save colours. Curiously, colours might be our wealth.

Why global warming doesn’t matter

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Lebanon, October 2019

In 2019, the planet burned! From the Amazon Rainforest to Australia, fires devoured trees, plants, animals and lands. Facing this heartbreaking and scary scenery, only romantics like Greta and us yelled the danger of global warming.

So, global warming is the planetary issue, right?

Not so fast. The less romantic among us don’t care about global warming. To them the real underlying issues are elsewhere. They are respectively: energy and nutrition.

The world population was estimated to have reached 7.7 billion people in 2019. Authorities’ worries are more about producing energy (nuclear, alternative, fossil…) and finding ways to feed the immense number of mouths. It is an issue because food industry is one of the biggest energy consuming factors.

Does this all show us that the real problem is the shrinking of the vital space?

The vital space is the space needed for a specie to survive. With an increasing world population in terms of demographics, the concept of vital space is not openly discussed for ethical reasons obviously. The concept of vital space requires harsh questions: fewer babies? More birth control? If so, isn’t the current population at risk of aging?

Or, as awful as it sounds, wouldn’t wars do the job to lessen the number of people?

Whether global warming needs urgent and immediate actions, it is high time we let go of the past in order to face the future. What past are we talking about? Traditions and religions.

The rise of the animal in me

 

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In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche wrote: “Become who you are”. Defining the “who you are” implies the following concepts: conscious animal, thinking animal, rational animal, speaking animal, political animal (Aristotle) and the list goes on. Then how to become an animal?

The link between humans and animals has always been solid but gladiatorial. History of mankind would have been totally different had horses been extinct alongside dinosaurs. So, naturally and culturally, animals have always been present in humans lives.

Mythology tells us stories of deities, humans and animals. Most of the time, deities had human and animal traits. Only evolution of societies draws a separation line between what is considered as culture, (therefore human) and nature (the animal world). The more this line of segregation was thick, the more collateral damages were made on beings from both sides.

The animal in me brought animal rights back to life. Sympathy with animals and nature motivates all sorts of new ethical actions such as veganism, nature protection, and ethical treatment to animals and so on.

panthere noireThe animal in me also brought to life a new (or old new) workout: the animal flow. It consists of moving like some animals, mostly reptiles, to increase mobility, strength and flexibility. Now this makes me think differently: an ethical treatment to animals is one thing and becoming an animal for few times a week is something else.

Are we somehow escaping humanity?