AdministratorSeptember 28, 2022 at 10:30 pm
Fascinating idea. It reminds me somehow of the Victorian literary critic John Ruskin and his idea of the “pathetic fallacy,” his criticism of the way that poets would project a subject’s emotions onto the outside world, that a willow weeps with you, etc, that this was a false picture of both emotion and the world. I suppose that notion held firm for sometime, that there was in fact a firm divide between self and world. But is that divide itself collapsing as the world seems to be falling to pieces and people along with it? Does news like this betide a belated reconciliation of the subject/nature divide, as we suffer together in oneness with a suffering world?