We’ve all heard the oft-quoted aphorism that if you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain.
I’ve never subscribed to that stance.
But there is a parallel philosophy that is harder to dismiss.
If we decry the hunger of 1 million people on this planet, and the trashing of the oceans and the destruction of the rain forests, the extinction of species and the wasting of water – and yet we choose to participate in the causes, do we have the right to decry? Or must we say, Well, I sort of care, a little bit, but not much – not enough to give up some of the pleasures I’m accustomed to.
I have this on my mind because a friend sent me a link to a November 10 New York Times article,
Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene, by Roy Scranton.
A brief excerpt:
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