Thoughts on the nuclear tragedy… Hans Jonas’ last public words….

hans jonas“It was once religion which told us that we are all sinners, because of original sin. It is now the ecology of our planet which pronounces us all to be sinners because of the excessive exploits of human inventiveness. It was once religion which threatened us with a last judgment at the end of days. It is now our tortured planet which predicts the arrival of such a day without heavenly intervention. The latest revelation — from no Mount Sinai, from no Mount of the Sermon, form no Bo – is the outcry of mute things themselves that we must heed by curbing our powers over creation, lest we perish together on a wasteland of what was creation…..”

 Hans Jonas — 1903 to 1993

Author: Dr. Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz, M.D. is co-Founding Editor of the journal Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine (PEHM). Author of numerous peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, monographs and edited volumes, he was Founding President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP); and, since its inception, Associate Editor of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology (PPP). Currently, in addition to his role as Regional Chair of the Department of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine, Round Rock, he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and a Staff Psychiatrist at Austin State Hospital.

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