The #message was well-contextualized, albeit without explicit intention. He cited @nenglander ‘s #oped piece in the #newyorktimes on activist David Buckel’s self-immolation alongside a link to an article on the corrupt practices of our anti-environment #epa chief. This #correspondence situated itself in time on #earthday and in the time-based #composition of my #drawing right beneath my work on his initial email on Buckel’s suicide.
I was thinking about what to #draw when I was struck by his choice of #metaphor to describe our inattentiveness to the #anthropocene #extinction that we are creating and confronting. He compared our #culture to something larger than the #titanic that was heading into an #iceberg (albeit melting).
My #associations went to #freud ‘s iceberg model of the #unconscious . From there they ricocheted to #darwin and the role of #adaptation in #evolution . It is our adaptability that both enables us to overcome adversity while inuring us to corruption and the tragic death of a troubled man who tried to make a statement of his suffering.
Part of what is buried deep in the unconscious are the limits of adaptation. While human ingenuity allows for adaptation, the hubris of our sense of unlimited vision blinds us to the consequences of our actions. As with the iceberg, we can only visualize its tip. Rather than seeing the need, say, for icebergs in our ecosystem, we treat them as icy obstacles to be overcome, until we see that our continued presence on earth may depend upon them. To know what is beneath the surface of things is often essential. Without that #wisdom , we are the #dodo #birds .
Although again out of #context , #marcusaurelius ‘ words on adaptation echo across the millennia.