Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homogeneity and the Human Spirit

The economic efficiency we praise creates one-industry towns that become simplified and vulnerable communities. Businesses evolve into big corporations that dehumanize and feudalize our lives. Our monocultures of specialization create ecological disasters. We poison our water, land and air using the justification that more and faster are always better. Mass production produces the homogeneity that deadens the spirit and vitality of people they compensate by becoming hyper-consumers, fad-chasers, unsettled and disquieted beings in search of the meaning denied to them by a loss of complexity.
Source:  The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstle (2006)
Taken from:  21st Century Breakdown by James Quinn

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