“Language is a world-making, world-shaping force. It’s a geological force. It’s shaping the Anthropocene because the discourse we use shapes, of course, everything that we encounter in the world and the ways we frame the world to ourselves.
“The metaphors we use deliver us hope, or they foreclose possibility. The ways that we represent each to each other, or the human and more-than-human world, are incredibly powerful and determining, in the ways we then go on and behave towards those other entities. So the cornerstone, the keystone, of my as-it-were language project, is diversity. That, in another form, the form of biodiversity, is the keystone of modern conservation.”
“….These debates are precisely what makes the Anthropocene so valuable as an idea. It stops us short. It buttonholes us. It head-butts us. Then it asks us really, really hard questions while we’re reeling. I think that’s where its value lies.”
~ Robert Macfarlane, author of ‘Mountains of the Mind’, ‘The Old Ways’, ‘Landmarks’ and, most recently, ‘The Lost Words’
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