Learn How to Die

A faithful correspondent has alerted us to an interesting essay published by the Stone blog at the New York Times, and authored by Iraq war veteran and writer Roy Scranton. Below, we offer several excerpts, with images and counterpoint added by DP:

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BARREL OF THE FUTURE

BARREL OF THE FUTURE

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MIRROR IMAGE

MIRROR IMAGE

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Tracking the citations, we provide the full context from the mother text, Hagakure:

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MAP OF THE WAY

MAP OF THE WAY

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SUBJECT FOR MEDITATION

SUBJECT FOR MEDITATION

Returning to Scranton:

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Here, we pause to recall a well-known passage  (italics added for emphasis) from J.R. McNeill’s Something New Under the Sun:

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SIGNATURE OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

SIGNATURE EXPERIMENT OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

And finally, the last three paragraphs from Scranton, in which he underscores the crucial philosophical crisis:

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