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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.”

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

All civilizations end, and a study of them shows that there are usually two precursors to their collapse: widespread cultural acedia , and then a period of chaos. This is cultural acedia. the need for meaning and purpose in one’s life, including meaningful work.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

In our modern global human culture there are huge rewards for dishonesty. There is no meaning or purpose to anything, no reason ‘why’, no causality, and no time in which things change or evolve, although we want and believe there to be. Our Culture / Ourselves

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Fragments

How to Save the World

You come to believe in your capacity to shape your life, and that it has a trajectory and a purpose and a meaning, that it and everything has a beginning and end, a ‘progressing’ ever forward in time, only to smash into the bitter rocks of death just as wisdom is dawning.

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