As another year comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about what 2017 was for me. Strangely, though the world seems chaotic (and, at time, much worse than that), I personally feel quite grounded right now. And happy. Like, I don’t know where I’m going but I know it’s somewhere good. Maybe that’s what happens when you hit your 30s.
Many things influenced me this year, for the better. In that spirit, I thought I’d compile a little list of the top 5 books that left an impression on me during 2017. It wasn’t an easy list to make (there’s my old friend indecisiveness rearing its head again), but these ones stand out for their beautiful prose, fantastic images, the boldness of the characters, or the life lessons I gained.
“A grizzly bear stripping fruit from a blackberry vine in a thicket is more than a bear stripping fruit from a blackberry vine in a thicket. It is a point of entry into a world most of us have turned our backs on…”
I’m often faced with the question, “Yes, but what can we do?”. It’s usually followed by some kind of sigh. Hrmph.
People who know me know that I mull a lot about the things that need something to be done about them. Threatened species. Wildlife trafficking. Climate change. Pollution. Junky and wasteful food habits. And so on and so forth.
The problem is that most of these things seem very far removed from us and our lives and, especially, our daily choices.
A fundamental question of humankind is: what do we owe to non-human animals? What are our moral obligations to them? In attempt to answer this, scientists and philosophers have for centuries debated the dominant theme of self-awareness.