The Hurricane in Your Cereal Bowl
Philosopher Timothy Morton, who contributed a chapter to the book on Buddhist philosophy called Nothing, takes on the climate crisis from his unique perspective. Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh coined the notion of interbeing, that we can see the sun, clouds, soil and rain in a piece of paper. Morton offers a dark inversion of the notion of interbeing, that there is a Category 5 hurricane in your cereal bowl. We are interbeing with the climate crisis; it is completely enmeshed in the air we breath, the food we eat and the clothes we wear, and the world we inhabit. In this three-part BBC Radio 4 series (the third in the series has not aired yet), Morton looks at the climate crisis from the perspective that the end of the world has already happened. Now, how do we come to grips with this reality, personally, emotional, and perhaps, spiritually? Episode 2 is linked below:
Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism\ by Eric M. Cazdyn, Marcus Boon, and Timothy Morton; (2015 Univ. of Chicago Press).