- The Destructive Practices To Stop Doing
- The Regenerative Behaviors To Do More Of
- Getting The Foundational Pieces In Place
- The Payoff, For Both You & Society
In Part 1, we compared non-hierarchical, bottoms-up secular social revolutions with hierarchical, top-down political and technological revolutions managed by the state and corporate sector. Next, we surveyed the erosion of social connectedness and social capital, and asked who benefited from this fraying of the social order. While certain players derive some benefit from political divisiveness and from the sale of technologies that undermine authentic connectedness, it seems that much of the social-order decay is collateral damage—destruction that wasn’t intentional.
How can we strengthen or repair our own connections and social fabric in such a disintegrative era?
There are two basic approaches: stop participating in destructive dynamics, and assemble the foundational pieces of a connected social life.
How do we as individuals and households foster and nurture the social bonds that are fast-eroding in civil society?
The basic strategies are not difficult to understand, though they are extremely difficult to put in place in modern-day America:
- Strip out busyness to free up enough time and energy for social life and connectedness.
- Live in a place with short commutes to friends, family and public social spaces.
- Recognize (and then…..