Seven year average below 14,000 km³

Arctic Sea Ice Volume 7-yr trailing average dove below 14,000 km³ for the first time on record on December 6. Excerpt from On the Tragic: Zapffe, the foremost existentialist philosopher from Norway, regards as ‘tragic’ our human over–equipped ability. Because of our ‘greatness’ as a species, we have longings, expectations and demands, that reality cannot fulfil. Man …

Five year average below 13,500 km³

Our ever–increased exercising of our abilities and wants already took us over the edge many decades ago, and maybe as early as 1941, when his masterpiece On the Tragic was published by Norway’s top publisher, Gyldendal. We triggered the complete loss of all ice on land and at sea, as well as the frozen ground known as permafrost. It’s a shame it had to end this way, with ‘6000 years of hopes and dreams’ being completely in vain. All of history, music, fine arts and philosophy: It was all for nought.

Six year average below 13,900 km³

We may wander out into the physical stunning beauty of the mountainous fjord regions trembling with fear that there’s nothing there at all. All stunning beauty and no meaning. Just a massive indifference all over: Nature just doesn’t care. In fact, even the fjords and breathtaking slopes and mountains we grew up with or learned to love later, were put there by pure chance and geological processes. We are alone in Cosmos.