We could do that if we just understood how profoundly electrically retrieved skill sets has changed our world. Changed it to the point where having such skill sets as a continuing, viably competitive commodity, has become absurdly ridiculous. As well as to say how electrified transaction networks have rendered the idea of stable markets equally ridiculous. So much so, in fact, that thinking we can continue to have our values defined from them (working in isolating groups of specialized, and privately own, interest; almost always at divergent, and conflicting purposes), as opposed to working to define our own values, has become absolutely inhuman, immoral, and toxically destructive.
It is this ancient economic operating system that we've been using for the last hundred plus years that is the problem. Not the people. And only in a limited sense the geography; where the limits are primarily our knowledge base, our own imaginations, our creativity, and our willingness to cooperate, and work hard to achieve what we wish to achieve.
The sooner we realize this the sooner we can get started on what has made so many people everywhere so increasingly desperate.
[Post Note: More examples of trying to maintain islands of wellness inside systems designed primarily to produce profit. J.V.]
WELL, WELL, WELL...
[Post Note: Although this is certainly an idea that has obvious merit, you have to wonder at the incongruity of thinking you can purchase your way into an island of wellness, all the while still living within the larger chaos that is our current economic, and planetary environment. Just how much of the wellness these islands can continue to provide, as markets continue to swing wildly one way or another under the influence of all of the issues accumulating; precisely because they can't deal with those issues at all. It seems just as wildly problematic as it is a lovely dream to try to maintain.
Perhaps the real irony, though, is that we could make this ideal a great deal more realistic if we were to realize that it could be obtained as a more integrated approach to what work, and communities, should be, if we weren't burdened with an economic operating system so fundamentally opposed to human values, or health, as our current one is. Just something to think about as you dream about what life could be like if you could live and work in this kind of more holistic thinking about wellness. J.V.]
[Post Note: And here is more indication of how complicated things get. Sure, getting rid of cars would be a good idea, in and of itself. But we live in an economic operating system that has these beasties as a huge part of our jobs pool; and not just from their manufacture, as all of the repair shops, and tire shops, and parts stores, and gas stations will attest to. But that's just further indication of how you can't do reform piecemeal; as one person's livelihood is another's inefficiency, detriment, or outright poison. J.V.]