Recovering the Skill of Neighborliness
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