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"Accordingly, the authors retreat from the brooding "we" to a peculiar image repertoire symbolizing anxiety or trauma --the causes being manifold and irreversible-- which the neurotic alone cannot repair."

I categorically reject this response and embrace optimism as a choice. I belived the current climate challenge can be substantially met, even as I acknowledge the improbability of so doing. I cannot and will not reject my own mortality, the mortality of the civilization into which I was born or the possibility of the extinction of the human species. I have long maintained that one cannot live life while denying death and extending that position to include the death of my culture and species seems natural and logical to me.

The psychoanalyst turned historian Ele Sagan in 'The Honey and the Hemlock - Democracy and Paranoia in Ancient Greece and Modern America' notes that the real miracle is that, given the many psychological debilities of human beings, we have managed to survive this long in societies this complex. If we cannot save ourselves when it is quite possible to do so we do not deserve to survive - IMO.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Sep 11th, 2017 at 02:32:54 AM EST
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If we have a chance to survive, and we try it, we might survive.

If we have a chance to survive, and we don't try it, we won't survive. Or at least it's likely to depress the chance.

Embracing optimism, it's the logical choice.

by fjallstrom on Mon Sep 11th, 2017 at 03:42:25 PM EST
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