Category: Earth Emotions

Can Philosophy go Viral?

A building at Paris International Airport, Corona architecture. Image by author. Humans have always contemplated the importance of the invisible in nature. To account for the invisible influences of the Earth and its cosmos, humans have invented ‘forces’ to explain their impacts. Spirit forces, even God(s) might be human inventions to help us understand the

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Meuacide: the extinction of emotions

The extinction of emotions. (From meuə– an Indo-European root for words such as remove, motion and emotion plus cide meaning to kill). Meuacide leads to the extinction of human emotions by forces that, for example, destroy psychological, cultural and biophysical diversity in order to replace rich and diverse emotional connections to place and home at

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Earth Emotions and Ecology

“In many respects, especially for Indigenous people, the scientifically derived terms “ecology,” “ecological,” and “ecosystem” also fail to capture the emotional and cultural dimensions of the human relationship to land. They are useful terms in systems science but not so relevant to the expression of human emotions. Ecosystems are abstractions, as it is impossible to

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Topoaversion

From Earth Emotions: “Topoaversion” is a conceptual response to the feeling that you do not wish to return to a place that you once loved and enjoyed, when you know that it has been irrevocably changed for the worse.[1] It is not “topophobia”, where you have fear of a place that might prevent you from

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Generation Symbiocene, Optimism and Symbiocene Identity

The loss of identity tied to a sense of place was one of the defining characteristics of my concept of solastalgia.[1] The issue of “identity” was even in the sub-title of the first publication devoted to it.  In my first publication on this topic I argued that, while solastalgia is a serious psychic condition, it

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Terratorture

  Terratorture (acts of intentional cruelty to the Earth). From: Terra (the Earth) and Torture, Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin tortūra, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist. Cognate concepts: Terratort (Earth injury where ecocide and tierracide are inflicted on the Earth). From: Tort Middle English, injury, from Old French, from

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Innocide and Earthlings

Innocide and Earthlings The Ongoing Apology to Young and Future Earthlings (I wrote this letter of apology to future generations in 2009. It was based on the apology to the ‘Stolen Generation’ of Indigenous Australians. Now, 10 years later, it is, unfortunately, still relevant.) From Glenn Albrecht, Earth Citizen, My fellow Earthlings, We have reached

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Ecocide and Solastalgia

The sudden illness, then death of Polly Higgins (1968 – 2019) is a sad and monumental loss to all humanity. As a champion of the concept of ‘ecocide’, she was taking on the whole world. I believe she would have won. The affinity between her work and mine was captured in Earth Emotions in this

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