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Seeing the world feelingly

This blog was originally posted on the website Valuing Nature.

We’ve just been given a copy of Mark Edwards and Lloyd Timberlake’s book ‘Hard Rain: Our Headlong Collision with Nature‘, which sets the words of Bob Dylan’s song ‘Hard Rain’ to photographs. Michael Edwards writes, in the introduction:

“On the heath, Lear asks Gloucester how he sees the world. Gloucester, who is blind, answers: ‘I see it feelingly.’ Why don’t we feel the world enough to save it? What prevents us from collaborating in a global effort to solve the climate crisis? Is it because the consequences are so unimaginable? If so, we need artists of every discipline to use their skills to cast light on our failure of perception and bring the uncertain future alive in our imaginations. Only symbolic language can bear the strain of a threat on the scale posed by climate change.”

Tom CromptonSeeing the world feelingly