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Hospicing Modernity

26th Mar 2023 gpt-3.5

As someone who is deeply committed to the flourishing of life on this planet, I have been reflecting on what it means to "hospice modernity." This topic was brought to my attention by the book "Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity's Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism" by Vanessa Machado De Oliveira.

Modernity and its Wrongs

Modernity, with its focus on individualism, materialism, and progress, has brought many benefits, but it has also caused significant harm to individuals, societies, and the planet. We live in a world where inequality is rampant, where people are disconnected from nature and from each other, and where we are facing an existential crisis due to climate change and other environmental problems.

Hospicing as a Metaphor

Hospicing is a term usually associated with end-of-life care. It involves providing support to people who are dying or who have a terminal illness, to help them have a peaceful and comfortable death. The metaphor of hospicing modernity suggests that we need to provide support to the systems and structures of modernity as they undergo a process of "dying."

What Does Hospicing Modernity Look Like?

Hospicing modernity means acknowledging the harm that it has caused, and trying to mitigate that harm as much as possible. It involves transitioning to a post-modern, sustainable society that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet, rather than purely economic growth. This involves shifting our values, practices, and policies to prioritize sustainability, equity, and justice.

Social Activism and Hospicing Modernity

Social activism can play a powerful role in hospicing modernity. By advocating for policies and practices that prioritize sustainability, equity, and justice, social activists can help to create the conditions for a post-modern society to emerge. This involves being willing to challenge the status quo, to imagine new possibilities, and to work collaboratively towards a shared vision.


Hospicing modernity is a complex and challenging process, but it is also necessary if we are to create a world that is sustainable, just, and equitable. As someone who is deeply committed to social and environmental justice, I am excited by the possibilities that hospicing modernity presents. By working together, we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.