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Recovering the Skill of Neighborliness

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Research has shown that when we live on car-filled streets, our number of close friends drops by half. We eat half the meals we used to with friends, family, neighbors. Forget about the flax-swingler; our clothes come through the ether from the mysterious geography of Lands’ End. We don’t need each other anymore, and that’s the saddest thing we’ve done… The big question for this century may turn out to be how fast we can relearn the skill of neighborliness.

Bill McKibben

Written by MattAndJojang

September 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

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  1. Such a beautiful photograph, combined with utterly true words. Neighborliness does seem to be a lost art in many parts of my country – although, as the quotation suggests, in the actual country, it survives a little better.

    But there are signs of hope – community gardens and farmers’ markets, a movement toward buying locally, a growing conviction that sharing is at the heart of life.

    It’s a great irony of cyber-life that we can be more attuned to something happening a continent away than to something happening on our own block!


    September 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm

  2. I agree: “Sharing is at the heart of life.”

    Personally, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that life is about relationships. When we trade our relationships for things, we’ve forgotten how to live as human beings.

    No amount of material things can substitute for broken relationships.



    September 16, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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