Consider The Alternatives
Apropos the previous posts about political power-grabbing and whistful public longing, and after a quick trip through the Jon Robb link farm, another thought I'd like to log for the register: in this crazy modern era of ours, in which the existing system is fumbling more than the San Diego Chargers, how long before we really start to think outside the box. Like waaaaay outside the box.
For instance, just off the top of my head:
- Why not real international solidarity between people of the same generation?
- Why do we still grow food in the dirt? Why not just go ahead and use engineering?
- Why not start your own tribe? Literally.
- Why is it only old people get to live in dedicated communities? Own a home with your roommates.
My parents generation was willing to question pretty basic assumptions about how they were supposed to live. It didn't all work out, but it was a worthy exercise I believe. I think my generation is in an even more (potentially) radical space, thanks to these here internets. Not only can we interconnect with like-minded folks around the world with unprecedented ease, we can self-publish, self-learn, and figure What Actually Works in ways that were completely unthinkable to previous generations.
It looks bleak in some ways, but in other ways it looks pretty bright and wide open. Bears remembering.