We can’t go back. We can’t save or destroy the planet: popular anthropocentric conceits. But, we could be rational. We could eschew supernatural fear of all kinds, especially the godian and gaian. We belong here. We are neither given dominion over nor a plague too the planet. We could seek to know, to learn and unlearn, and to achieve the possible. We could save ourselves, and our people. I have always admired Churchill’s speech after the fall of
France. He spoke of courage and perseverance, but he also spoke of the future. He posited that though manmade utopias quickly become dystopias, it was possible to make things better. His phrase was “Broad Sunlit Uplands;” it may be the most profound thing said in the English language in generations.