Learning to die, a walk through the woods

Learning To Die – As A Planet, As A person

“Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood

By Francesca Gesualdi

“Learning to Die”: In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada’s Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own mortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now – though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process. 

Photo credits: (Top) A Walk Through The Larches by Bernard Spragg via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License); (Podcast) Ornithomimidae Skeleton in Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, Ulaanbaatar by Gary Todd, via Flickr (Public Domain)

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