I and the people around me are often increasingly disconnected from anything larger than ourselves. The lucky few still seem connected to an extended family unit, local church or school. I do not count my participation in the national economy or even my immediate state as something that defines my existence. Going to work, voting, showing up for jury duty, and paying taxes does not make me feel like I’m part of something larger than myself. When it comes to contributing toward society, I find it hard to see the better future that any of us are supposedly building together for our children. We might seem to be moving together, but we’re just spinning our wheels. And whenever I stop my own bit of frantic playing within the orchestra of misdirected motion around me, it’s then that I see even more the necessity of questioning the sheet music I have followed.
I would also add that any sense of community that I do have tends to be disaffected and disingenuous. I live 7+ hours away from my immediate family for much of the year. This seems to be indicative of modern America where filial ties are tenuous at best.
How does one go about that important cultural shift? Do we wait until the last minute – just before the impact? Or, do we start now while the world is still a nice place (at least in the Atlanta ‘burbs & elsewhere). I welcome your thoughts and opinions.