To pick up on what I’ve just read, I feel strangely compelled to begin. There’s something so compelling within Tony Fry’s writing that is difficult to find elsewhere. There seems to such lucid thinking – while it isn’t always easy for me to understand (the subject chapter was particularly hard, possible because there’s a gap in my reading there) however for the most part he emphasises the importance of the work of Heidegger and in particular Nietzsche to show how thinkers have attempted to put forward a kind of philosophical pathway for coming to understand who we are and who we might become. I worry that much of this kind of thinking is disappearing – because we’re so bloody busy. This is echoed in Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, particularly in his characterisation of subjects as channels for excited energy, which can also trigger the flow on of fear and agitation. Interestingly Roy Scanton turns to philosophy (he only lists one philosopher) as a means of interruption. Tony Fry goes much further than this, because while theory and contemplation form a part, the key to his understanding of change is remaking (or first understanding the values that brought certain things into being) the world around us, so that is continues to design our ways of being into the future – that are sustainable.
I wonder how the understanding of a superhuman fits with the eco-sattva world-view. The qualities would seem to be quite similar, humble, modest, economical speech etc. I feel like these some spiritual practitioners I know are navigating a similar liminal situation, through ritual. But I guess that will need to be investigated. I’m interested to learn how they continue to do this, or what might help them to continue to ‘hold the line’ or remain present to what is happening. Could we play or explore this through forms or practices that might trigger or support and strengthen their resolve?