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.