Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Saving Ourselves or Losing Ourselves?

America today is a “save yourself” society if there ever was
one. But does it really work? The underdeveloped societies
suffer from one set of diseases: tuberculosis, malnutrition,
pneumonia, parasites, typhoid, cholera, typhus, etc. Affluent
America has virtually invented a whole new set of diseases:
obesity, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, strokes, lung cancer,
venereal disease, cirrhosis of the liver, drug addiction, alcoholism,
divorce, battered children, suicide, murder. Take your
choice. Labor-saving machines have turned out to be bodykilling
devices. Our affluence has allowed both mobility and
isolation of the nuclear family, and as a result, our divorce
courts, our prisons and our mental institutions are flooded.
In saving ourselves we have nearly lost ourselves.4

- Ralph Winter

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