Glissant’s philosophy is more than empathy for others. Giving-on-and-with not only calls for cultivating multiplicity, but it employs language to challenges us to make connections between systems (19). Giving-on-and-with is a fundamental necessity of environmental activism. For privileged communities in the U.S, it is common that the language for what is happening to our climate is there (the science). The language for the emotional ties we have with the land and the feelings that inevitably follow with the loss of culture and diversity that dies with the land is often unspoken. This is imperative to make sense of environmental chaos.
May 1, 2018