chapter  2
12 Pages

Climate, imagination, Kant, and situational awareness

ByMichael Thompson

This stunning, Dickensian reminiscence predates the industrial revolution and Ebenezer

Scrooge by nearly 100 years, but its foreboding warning finds traction from its original telling

through the innovations of the nineteenth century and into our own time. And while its admoni-

tion once served as a reminder for personal compassion and awareness, today it serves as counsel

for personal actions and national, even global, policy. Because we have acted individually,

nationally, and sometimes globally in the manner of Carazan, we are facing the terror not of

not only personal isolation and solitude but the end of the planet as we know it. In his dream,

Carazan finds himself at the ‘outermost end of nature’ and today we, ourselves, are beginning

to find an ‘end of nature’ because of our inattention to environmental considerations and

moral turpitude in enacting policy change.