Beatrice Marovich is an assistant professor of theological studies at Hanover College. Her current book project, Sister Death: Political Theology in an Age of Extinctions, is a sustained reflection on lifedeath. She is an asthmatic breathwork fanatic, and mother to a little breather who also struggles for air.
“Perhaps it is in precisely this ambivalent way that air (and Irigaray) reminds us of just how much we belong—to the air itself, to this emptiness that hovers and sings in lifedeath. We might forget air, we might forget that we breathe, or how to breathe. But air does not forget us. And air will never cease to carry us, to lift us up, to set us into flight, even when we no longer live in a body that tried (if unsuccessfully) to fly.”
There is, I suggest, a kind of political theology at work in this practice of simply paying attention to (and being provoked by) the transcendence that is Gaia. It generates a form of intellectual habitation that remains attuned to the strange shapes drawn in the clouds by some form of transcendence.