Two major dystopias have characterized our time. One is related to the nuclear war, which within seconds is thought to want to destroy entire civilizations and destroy the planet's basis of life. The other is related to climate change, to the catastrophic upheavals researchers are predicting if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. In the shadow of this, and with the conception of all things imminent, we shall grow up, live our lives, raise children, find happiness in life, be political and perhaps artistic, find out one and the other, fish perch and fall in love.
How do we manage this? How can you live with this duality, this double vision? Is the parallel awareness of life and death – that we despite death and its reality have to live – the most crucial polarity of a human life? Can we still dream? Or are we inexorably handed to the nightmare?
The collapse of utopias. The history of the West has been full of dreamers. The utopian imagination can be found in religion, philosophy, politics, science, literature and art. Utopias are coming. . .
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