Thursday, January 03, 2008
An interesting new word, via Andrew Sullivan. Of course, Native Americans (and all aborigianal peoples) were familiar with solastalgia for hundreds of years before anybody invented a term for the feeling that accompanies an overwhelming climatological and cultural devastation. Australians (and Americans alike) would do well to read this excellent article by Charles Taylor in the April 2007 New York Review of Books, describing the manner in which some tribes dealt with the desperation that accompanied the undermining of their entire worlds. In this age, perhaps all of us will need a measure of such courage.