During this fascinating interview Jeff Carreira spoke with Dr. Timothy Morton of Rice University to discuss the radical inclusivity that appears to be an unavoidable characteristic of reality and a central concern of the Romanticism.
The European Enlightenment was, in part, an effort to remove ourselves from inside the story of reality so that we could stand apart and observe reality objectively. In this way we believed that we could control the forces of nature and become the masters of our own destiny.
Dr. Morton explores Romantic Irony and the particular irony that he believes we all must face in order to meet the ecological challenges of our time. Our very attempts to separate ourselves from reality in order to affect change, was always part of reality and that act of separation has had profound negative consequences on our planet. Separating ourselves from the world has lead to tremendous advances in human life. At the same time that same separation allowed us to unconsciously create the massive global problems – climate change, wealth inequity, water shortages, etc.- that we must now take responsibility for.