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  1. Michael Corrin

    Hi Gavin,
    I had never thought about this phenomenon as a misanthropic one but I like your argument. Here are a few of my thoughts.
    I am not certain that we hate ourselves, rather as you stated, we just don’t see ourselves as belonging. If most of us were misanthropes, you would think that we would be self-chastising and that our punishment might consist of self-regulation and restrained expansion and consumption. Instead we see the opposite. I believe that on some level, most people know they are connected to a larger system but are so overwhelmed by the enormity of the idea that in practice they reject it.
    As your post suggests, it seems that many of us, in particular urbanites, are supremely disconnected with our place within the natural world. Our experience of food gathering is supremely abstract. The products of our metabolism are largely invisible. The cycle of life and death largely hidden. With our very ‘natural’ traits out of sight and largely unobserved, we are unable to imagine ourselves as parts, no more or no less important, in the ecosphere. Our societal structures have de-naturalized us.
    Anyway, I am not sure where I am going with this. Thanks for a really interesting post.

    Side note: Do you know if it is common to see Magnolia warblers in Toronto?

    Michael

    • Thanks for the thoughtful reply Michael. I’ll have to give that distinction—that if we were misanthropic we would be self-chastising—a bit more thought.

      As for Magnolia Warblers, I would suggested two spots: the base of the Leslie Street Spit and further afield, Thickson’s Woods in Whitby.

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