I have created a typology of psyche-earth emotions and feelings that have been developed by scholars in this transdisciplinary field and by me since 2003. I see the full range of these psychoterratic emotions as sitting between the extremes of positive and negative responses. In the spirit of systematically ‘re-placing’ our language I have decided to give these poles of experience names that suitably define the terrain.
The whole of the psychoterratic drama can be circumscribed within the poles of :
Terraphthora (earth destroyer) (tera for ra) (Terra, from the Latin “earth”, the Greek φθορά (phthorá) or “destruction”).
Terranascia (earth creator) (tera nas cia) (Terra, from the Latin “earth” and the Latin nātūra, “to be born”).
The drama between terraphthora and terranascia is now on! In all walks of life we can now evaluate what is going on, what are the motivations of people and what actions lead to one type of outcome or another? The dialectic between terraphthora and terranascia is now being expressed in all forms of human creativity and destruction and it is my hope that the typology as a whole can assist in the ecocritical evaluation of ideas and actions that relate to our home environment at all scales.
Come on ye artists, craftists, dramatists, writers, songwriters, musicians, composers, poets, novelists, filmmakers, , singers and rappers. Now is the time to line up … what side are you on?
Perhaps academics and policy makers could also tune into this new language for and of the Earth.