I’ve enjoyed the Medium experience, but it’s time to start writing again on my blog. I will continue to read the posts of the people I follow but other than that, it’s time to step away from the platform.

One thing I know is that the subjects that I’ve written about, particularly those bearing squarely upon the age of the Anthropocene, have taken on a significance well beyond the rubric. In fact, you might say, I’m a changed man. Well, not really. But I know that my mind has been opened still further to something that was so blindingly obvious but had remained obscured from view, all these 54 years of my uneventful life.

Thank you for reading my material, and here’s to the next writing adventure.


— Julian

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“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

Right about now, I should be living, if not the best years of my life…

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I saw this morning that my friend Stephen Jenkinson has decided to withdraw from the limelight — at least for now.

I can’t say I blame him. Being troubled aloud for all those years must have taken its psychic toll.

But it got me wondering — as is my way…

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So here’s the thing.

There is an industry devoted to spiritual awakening or finding salvation in the afterlife — and that’s not to besmirch either — but if you think it’s the solution to our anthropocentric woes, I worry for you.

Take Buddhism (it’s always a moot point if it’s…

I’m trying to get a handle on how we’ve arrived at such a parlous position in our anthropocentric history.

But it’s obvious.

We’ve made it this way.

Year upon year.

And yet, there’s always this sense that we might undo our past mistakes.

Trouble is, we’re so far down the…

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How else do I say this?

We’re dead and buried.

The unfolding climate catastrophe and extreme loss of biodiversity will see to that.

If you think otherwise, then you’re either living on a different planet (unlikely) or you’re hopelessly out of touch with the human condition (more than likely).


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Don’t get me wrong.
Sometimes we’ve no choice…


If money wasn’t an issue, either because we hadn’t backed ourselves into a debt-ridden corner or it wasn’t our raison dêtre, then what?

We’d all be artists?

I don’t know.

But I’d like to think that workplace temerity, ennui and depression…

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“When you win, say nothing, when you lose say less.”
Wayne Gretzky

This isn’t the post I intended to write.

I do want to write about the ‘s’ word — I know it’s going to unsettle a few people — but I still need to gather my thoughts before…

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“In short, when the non-human world manifests itself to us in these ambivalent ways, more often than not our response is to recuperate that non-human world into whatever the dominant, human-centric worldview is at the time.”
Eugene Thacker, In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy vol. 1

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“Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?”
Emil Cioran, Tears and Saints

In case it’s not blindingly obvious, I’ve fallen out of love with the human race.


Well, what’s to like about us/them?


In fact, you have to ask yourself why a…

Julian Summerhayes

ecological pessimist — influenced by Zapffe, Benatar, Thacker

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