What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing.

—Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

1] https://youtu.be/pydJLIM36g4

2] https://www.epa.gov/climatechange-science/causes-climate-change

3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD4AJfbkgJc

4] https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/reports

5] https://climateactionnetwork.ca/get-involved/work-with-us/

6] https://climatechangeconnection.org/impacts/ecosystems-impacts/

7] https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/06/12/canada-record-wildfire-season-statistics


“There was terror, as well as exhilaration”

When I first heard of this film release, I was immediately excited to see it. I understood that the intellectual, scientific, and political themes of this film would give a filmmaker strong ammunition to create a masterpiece – a masterpiece that reflected that complicated history, and reflected on the man – after all, the film title is Oppenheimer. But in spite of watching this film 3 times, I don’t know that I understand any more clearly the man, Oppenheimer, nor the intricacies of his psyche. Granted, no film, no director, no script, and no actor can re-create what Oppenheimer actually was, and it might even be true Oppenheimer himself lost sight of who he was after he lost his US…

Photo by Long Ma on Unsplash

Photo by Long Ma on Unsplash

Photo by Jéan Béller on Unsplash

Photo by Jéan Béller on Unsplash

Photo by Adrien Converse on Unsplash


From the reviews I have read, I do not think there are many who understand There Will Be Blood or the portrayal of the central character, Daniel Plainview, a role acted with such consummate skill by Daniel Day-Lewis. Plainview and his all-consuming ambition drive the film, as do the various musical scores, which so brilliantly and deftly emphasize the simultaneous financial making and psychological unraveling of Daniel Plainview. The film is subtle enough that it never truly asks the question directly, but it is there within the film nonetheless: does Daniel Plainview simply lose his mind over time? Or does he instead lose his morality–his humanity, his moral compass?  By the film’s climax, Plainview has become a shell of the human being he once was.  He is deadened to his deep love for his son–for HW was his son, despite the lack of blood relation.  He has become so furious with his son’s betrayal–for that is how he sees HW’s desire to leave and start his own company–and so lost to alcoholism that he cannot stop himself not only from the basest cruelty, but from acting on his rage and murdering Eli, who has come to him begging for money. 

Swedish Youth Climate Activist
Greta Thunberg

If you have never heard Greta Thunberg’s speech in 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit when she was only 17 years old, please take time to listen below. 

Greta Thunberg’s Speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City:


From the speech: You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words,” Thunberg said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York. “You’re failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you,” she added. Thunberg traveled to the U.S. by sailboat so she could appear at the summit. She and other youth activists led international climate strikes in an attempt to garner awareness ahead of the UN’s meeting of political and business leaders. [YouTube]

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg (Swedish: Born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish environmental activist who is well-known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. – Wikipedia 2023

Thunberg’s activism began when she was only 15 years old, starting with school strikes to draw attention to climate change. If you want to know more about the facts surrounding climate change, you could start by reading [or listening to] her new book, The Climate Book, out last year from Penquin Random House.

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