Contradictions, Inconsistencies, Disconnects and Improbabilities Commonly Encountered During This New Era

We are growing richer (defined as per capita GDP); yet the percentage of the population trapped in poverty expands;

We increasingly master nature—yet natural calamities and fear of catastrophe increase;

We want to be happy and provide ourselves with more choices, yet a high percentage of us say we are unhappy and dissatisfied;

We want government to stay out of our lives, yet are frustrated when it seems incapable of addressing our problems, big and small;

We want peace, yet seem psychologically and economically dependent upon huge levels of military spending;

We live longer, but our children are born with chemical poisons already in their blood;

We want a “better life” than our parents, yet this seems increasingly unachievable;

The more successful we are, the harder we seem to work and the less time we seem to have for leisure;

We believe that the U.S. is “exceptional,” yet fear it has entered a period of decline.


Can you think of others?

(We will address this list as the book proceeds.)



Mayu says:

How do we garner the positive aspects of life while accepting, avoiding, and/or changing the negatives?
I’m entering a stage in my life where I’m aware that I’m about to make really important, even life-changing decisions, but I’m starting to second-guess myself.
I want to reach a point where I can be confident that I’ve chosen something I want to do, rather than something that I feel compelled to do.
But I still have the quintessential American Dream of having a better life than my parents. My parents have a great life, but I know I want to do even better.
The message of the book was never “enter penury so you can reach the acme of happiness.” But how do we strike the balance between what we want (happiness) and what we need (money)?


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