Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

Maybe we need a place to call home

Maybe people shouldn’t live rootless, urbanised, atomised lives that revolve entirely around their careers or personal pleasures? Maybe we need a place to call home, where our ancestors lived and where we grew up, and you need to have traditions passed down to you that tie you to that home. One of the greatest evils of the modern first world is creating an environment and culture where you have to break away from your home and your traditions in order to succeed.

A lot of factors are behind this whole thing, like the industrial revolution changing the structure of society or philosophical currents changing the common man’s understanding of his place in the world.

I truly hope there is a solution to this, but the outlook is pretty grim right now. The future seems to be a disgusting soup of AI-generated human-interaction bots endlessly tailoring content that segregates people into asocial, genderless, uncaring, totally atomised bubbles.

The world is getting smaller and changing faster. It’s hard to have any sort of roots in a place that is constantly changing in terms of population and landscape.