What is life for? Who are we, anyway? And what are we actually doing here? In my recent book The Matter with Things, I do my best to address these very questions and try to set out why we are getting things so badly wrong. I am not ‘just’ referring to our obvious heinous crimes, such as poisoning the Earth’s oceans, destroying its forests, persecuting its Indigenous peoples, fighting wars, melting the ice caps, and bringing to extinction rare and beautiful species of living things. These are all visible; but less visible perhaps is that we are also making ourselves utterly wretched.

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