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Afterword

ByEric S. Nelson

The warning signs are overwhelmingly evident, spreading through interthingly and interhuman relations. 1 Observing them requires no special act of divination or prophecy, although they do need an unfixing of the obsession and indifferent partiality that distorts and denies their recognition. In this complexly mediated and entangled situation of the world suffering from catastrophic climate chaos and environmental devastation, and the corresponding decreasing quality of ecosystems and the ways of life of beings, even as the availability and quantity of products and services expands at an incredible pace for privileged classes and regions, one could well wonder whether a ways of life and thought originating in ancient East Asia and advocating self-awakening and nurturing care for things can address the complexity of current environmental crisis-tendencies and predicaments.