“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

“The biggest social problem in the country today is loneliness. Loneliness is not an individual problem-it’s the collective problem of millions of Amerikans, growing out of the alienating environment we live in. We work in one part of town with people who are not our friends, and we sleep in another part of town and don’t know our neighbors. The car, a box, transports lonely people from the box where they sleep to the box where they work, and then back to the box where they sleep. We waste much of our life dying in mobile concentration camps called freeways or commuter trains. Where in the city can we go to make friends? Where can we leap out of our individual prisons and enjoy each other. The city is full of walls, locked doors, signs saying
DON’T
If someone you don’t know says hello, you get uptight: “What’s he want?” It’s taboo to talk to strangers. Everybody’s hustling. The streets are paved with terror, the city a prison for the soul.”
Jerry Rubin (1938-1994)/’DO IT! Scenarios of the Revolution’ p.231

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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  1. mary919 says:

    I’ve stolen your Vonnegut quote and posted it on irc. Twice. Just thought I should confess. Or something.

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