Neil Howe, economist, historian and demographer, speaking at our Generations in the Next America event happening now, discussing how to get Millennials engaged in the political process.
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"What do I do for a living? I live for a living. When I moved out in the forest 35 years ago, people said "You can’t escape reality." I went TO reality. You’re living in a virtual reality. You don’t even know where your stuff comes from, don’t even know where your poop goes.
I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular…Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box. Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.”
I think some people are suited to the box life, as are some animals; most of us enjoy electricity and running water, boxes are invariably involved with both of those things, and there’s a lot to be said for domesticity. A problem only arises when too much of a species is truly *domesticated* and incapable of living in the wild when stuff goes down in nature, as it invariably does, and destroys too many of the boxes. But people in urban settings are just as capable of learning what’s around them that could help them in a survival situation as people in rural settings. It is easier there, I think, to forget that there might be a need for that knowledge at some point.
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Can we please just all take a moment and think about how snails are the cUTEST FUCKING THING I HAVE EVER SEEN. HOLY SHIT.
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