I believe humans are happiest in small, tightly knit communities where we have frequent daily contact with a group of a hundred or less. And yet here we are living in a time when the whole planet is hopelessly intertwined — when a purchase at Starbuck’s affects someone in Kenya or Jamaica or Papua New Guinea. Our lives did not used to connect, but now they do, and we can’t go back. All we can do is try to make that connection into a positive thing.
…but it’s driving us bonkers. It’s making us lonely and depressed and overwhelmed. I don’t think our pea brains are designed to comprehend such a vast world.