Part three, concluding Paul Kingsnorth’s excellent trilogy of essays on “all this…” was published today, and is worth ten minutes of your time, or more. My choice of title, above, is a minor snark that isn’t entirely fair to the tenor of the piece. In a sense this is old ground, covered in many of PK’s previous writings, as curated in his outstanding book Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist. It is very heartening that he can end on a positive note:
The world is not a mechanism: it is a mystery, one that we participate in daily. When we try to redesign it like a global CEO, or explain it like an essayist, we are going to fail: weakly or gloriously, but fail we shall. The Machine, the technium, the metaverse: whatever we name our 21st century Babel, and however overwhelming it seems to us in the moment, it can never conquer in the end, because it is a manifestation of human will and not the will of God. If you don’t believe in the will of God, call it the law of nature instead: either way, it speaks the same thing to us. It says, gently or firmly: you are not in charge.
Even more simply: todo cambia - everything changes, anicca.
If I don’t post again this Solstice - though I expect I will - a cool Yule to all habitués of 5-filters.