Meuacide is defined as the extinction of emotions:
(From meuə– an Indo-European root for words such as remove, motion and emotion plus cide, meaning to kill).
Caused by forces that, for example, destroy psychological, cultural and biophysical diversity.
As rich and diverse emotional connections to place and home at all scales are erased they are replaced with feelings of numbness, torpor, emptiness, paralysis, non-feeling, inertia, alienation and deadness.
We tend to focus on the extinction of species, cultures, languages, but what about the chronic extinction of our emotions, particularly those connected to the state of the Earth?
Meuacide is a sub-set of the ‘extinction of experience’ (Pyle 1993:140-152).
“To gain the solace of nature, we must connect deeply. Few ever do … In the long run, this mass estrangement from things natural bodes ill for the care of the earth. If we are to forge new links to the land, we must resist the extinction of experience.”
(Robert Pyle, The Thunder Tree, 1993:152).