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:
BARREL OF THE FUTURE
Tracking the citations, we provide the full context from the mother text, Hagakure:
MAP OF THE WAY
SUBJECT FOR MEDITATION
Returning to Scranton:
Here, we pause to recall a well-known passage (italics added for emphasis) from J.R. McNeill’s Something New Under the Sun:
SIGNATURE EXPERIMENT OF THE ANTHROPOCENE
And finally, the last three paragraphs from Scranton, in which he underscores the crucial philosophical crisis:
THIS STRANGE MIXED AFFAIR WE CALL LIFE
Over the past year, Desperado Philosophy offered a sort of dead reckoning navigation through often difficult conditions, with one hundred bearings taken along the way.
Though the 2012 maiden voyage has come to an end, time goes on despite all prophecies to the contrary, and DP will remain an open enquiry, though unfolding in a slower tempo, with fresh bearings taken whenever we feel like knocking off people’s hats.
Onwards into the fog of 2013 and beyond …
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