Richard Fisher’s book The Long View: A Field Guide was published this week—but to mark the occasion Richard published on his blog an interesting lexicon of phrases about what he calls “long-terminology”.
The intention of Seventh Generation thinking, as I see it, is to better relationalize our world – as in recognizing and pouring life into the organic links that connect everything to everything. The intention of longtermism, on the other hand…. Well, I really wonder.
Longtermism is a lullaby sung to the tune of tired fantasies of human exceptionalism. It is anaesthesia for the age of consequences.
Douglas Rushkoff revisits Crazy Town, where he and Asher discuss why so many billionaires, academic institutions, and “serious” people are drawn to longtermism – the view that our top priority should be ensuring that humanity can spread its wings throughout the physical and virtual universe.