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The Gray Light of Morning

I try to wear my archdruid’s hat lightly in these essays, but every so often I field questions that touch directly on the issues of ultimate meaning that our culture, however clumsily, classifies as “religious.”

Smile For The Aliens

How will people cope when some of their most cherished beliefs have to face a cage match with reality, and come out second best?

Bright Were The Halls Then

Arnold Toynbee, whose magisterial writings on history have been a recurring source of inspiration for this blog, has pointed out an intriguing difference between the way civilizations rise and the way they fall.

In a Handful of Dust

I want to review here some of the reasons why I expect an era of crisis to arrive sooner rather than later.

The Broken Thread of Culture

There are times when the deindustrial future seems to whisper in the night like a wind blowing through the trees, sending the easy certainties of the present spinning like dead leaves.

The Stories of our Grandchildren

During the time just past, I’ve had several reminders of the power of stories to shape the world of human experience, and the way those stories can get out of step with the facts on the ground.

The Time of the Seedbearers

I’ve more than once considered writing a fantasy novel about the fall of Atlantis as a way of talking about the crisis of our age.

Refusing the Call: A Tale Rewritten

I have been wondering for some time now how to talk about the weirdly autumnal note that sounds so often and so clearly in America these days.

The End of Employment

Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair—and nothing is more pointless.

The Four Industrial Revolutions

What exactly was the industrial revolution? What changed, and what future awaits those changes?
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