A lot has changed in the last several years, with challenges to many key assumptions that have been around for generations. The impact of our current economy serves as a sorely needed wake-up call.
As a country, our expectations for our lives are outstripping the ability to support such fantasies. I call it our “American-society bubble,” where we take for granted many foundational things in our society while most others in the world live with far less.
For example, in his new book, “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water,” Charles Fishman writes that “the invisibility of water in our lives isn’t good for us and it isn’t good for water. You can’t appreciate what you don’t understand. You don’t value and protect what you don’t know is there.”