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.)