Everything that has a beginning has an end

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“I once asked a group of high school children ‘What do you mean by a thing?’ First of all, they gave me all sorts of synonyms. They said ‘It’s an object,’ which is simply another word for a thing; it doesn’t tell you anything about what you mean by a thing. Finally, a very smart girl from Italy, who was in the group, said a thing is a noun. And she was quite right. A noun isn’t a part of nature, it’s a part of speech. There are no nouns in the physical world. There are no separate things in the physical world, either. The physical world is wiggly. Clouds, mountains, trees, people, are all wiggly. And only when human beings get to working on things–they build buildings in straight lines, and try to make out that the world isn’t really wiggly. But here we are, sitting in this room all built out of straight lines, but each one of us is as wiggly as all get-out” – Alan Watts

 

 

(Episode 5 of the Sounds For The End Of The World podcast explores the human condition and limitations that make our planetary problems so difficult to grasp, featuring eye witness audio from both Hurricane Sandy and Katrina, words by writer Alan Watts, The Dalai Lama, NASA’s James Hansen, neurologist Henry Markram and Stephen Hawking.)

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