Wednesday, July 4, 2007

What's a greentangle?

The greentangle includes animal ethics issues, the values of deep ecology, natural history from the shore of the Greatest Lake (and the greatest Pond), nature writing reviews, ecopsychology, vegetarianism, and fantasies about the end of industrial civilization and what (if anything, from a human point of view) comes next.

Some posts will reflect the sense of peace and slowness of quiet time in the natural world; others will bubble with rage and disgust and despair...those will be the ones about the human society I live in. There's often a droughtlike sense of humor involved, but it may understandably not be noted by the objects of my scorn, or by those who scorn me. Oddly enough, those two groups often have the same members.

Greentangle will avoid environmentalism, recycling, ethanol, hybrid cars, all techno-utopian attempts to maintain a way of life which never should have begun, and sustainability. I agree with Derrick Jensen's first premise in his book
Endgame: "Civilization is not and can never be sustainable. This is especially true for industrial civilization." I especially agree with the second sentence of the first premise.

There will also be no legalese about animal rights and no philosophical discussion of utilitarianism. Despite a high IQ, a low EQ, and even worse, a year of grad school, I'm more interested in gut reactions and emotional connections than abstractions and intellectualism. I value respect and humility more than management and delusions of superiority in interspecies relationships.

162 years ago today, Henry David Thoreau moved to Walden Pond to suck some marrow and do a little writing. Use your independence wisely; we're all a lot more dependent than we like to acknowledge.


Jo said...

Hey, I just read through your blog and really enjoyed it. Will check back. Thanks!

michael- said...

great blogging!

Greentangle... I like that, kida like Morton's 'The Mesh'.

Check out my site if you get a chance - we have similar interests.