Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Before we reinvent the economy, we must reinvent ourselves


06.20.18
WORLD CHANGING IDEAS


A sustainable economy won’t mean much if we are still driven by a desire for unceasing consumption and mired in unhappiness and alienation.

The average American house size has more than doubled since the 1950s, while the average family size shrunk by half during that same period. 

Moving to a new house that is 3D-printed with wood-based materials and is solar-powered might be good for the environment (as long as it does not further increase resource consumption per capita). But it won’t combat widespread loneliness and social isolation in America, where nearly half of all adults feel lonely today, a rate that has more than doubled since the 1980s.

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