Literature and Self-Identity

Medium Specificity

The medium specificity of literature makes it unique in its ability to convey complex psychological insight through ideas, not only via inner narratives, but the non-tangible dimensionality of description language allows. I’ve identified several areas in which the uniqueness of literature can lay its claim. Literature’s status of an art form makes it part of a wider range of human activities that compose our species specificity — or, rather, a uniquely human impulse. Continue reading

Epochs of Human-Nature Relations

I’m currently in a rural area of Paraguay. Most people in my community practice subsistence agriculture using hand-tools. Moving here after living in (sub)urban areas of the United States all my life has allowed me some perspective on the ways in which humans interact with their natural environment. Since my job involves promoting sustainable, small-scale agriculture I’ve had a lot of time and context to think about these interactions particularly as they relate to agricultural use of lands, so there’s a particular degree of focus in that area I’ll be exploring in future essays on this blog. For this post, however, I’ve taken a more general approach and divided the historical stages of interactions between humans and their natural environments into five parts: Continue reading