“Having a simple, clearly defined goal can capture the imagination and inspire passion. It can cut through the fog like a beacon in the night.”—Taken from a movie on simpletruths.com - the gift of inspiration (via edview)
Access to endless amounts of cheap energy made us rich, and wrecked our climate, and it also made us the first people on earth who had no practical need of our neighbors… Our economy, unlike any that came before it, is designed to work without the input of your neighbors.
Borne on cheap oil, our food arrives as if by magic from a great distance (typically, two thousand miles)… We’ve evolved a neighborless lifestyle; on average an American eats half as many meals with family and friends as she did fifty years ago. On average, we have half as many close friends.
I’ve written extensively, in a book called Deep Economy, about the psychological implications of our hyperindividualism. In short, we’re less happy than we used to be, and no wonder — we are, after all, highly evolved social animals.