Brian T. Brown

is creating Essays addressing the universe of moral imagination

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First, we became accustomed to accepting the idea that a man could push a button and set the world on fire with an obscene array of nuclear weapons. Now, compounding the existential menace, we dither as our planet becomes increasingly uninhabitable – as every species that’s not us heads toward its end. Over and over, for the last century, credible doomsayers have told us that a revolution is required, a paradigm shift, a necessary re-invention, if not a wholesale evolution. But we have yet to begin this prescribed overhaul and we continue to gamble with our fate.

First, we became accustomed to accepting the idea that a man could push a button and set the world on fire with an obscene array of nuclear weapons. Now, compounding the existential menace, we dither as our planet becomes increasingly uninhabitable – as every species that’s not us heads toward its end. Over and over, for the last century, credible doomsayers have told us that a revolution is required, a paradigm shift, a necessary re-invention, if not a wholesale evolution. But we have yet to begin this prescribed overhaul and we continue to gamble with our fate.

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