Let us speak, then, of the world from which human beings have disappeared. It’s a question of disappearance, not exhaustion, extinction or extermination.

The exhaustion of resources, the extinction of species – these are physical processes or natural phenomena. And that’s the whole difference. The human species is doubtless the only

one to have invented a specific mode of disappearance that has nothing to do with nature’s law. Perhaps even an art of disappearance.