The consumer culture in general has washed over our civilization.
And one result is that neighbors like these became optional in America.
For the last 50 years if you’ve had a credit card and some access to money you don’t really need neighbors around you.
And as a result they dwindled.
The average American has half as many close friends as they did in 1950.
Three quarters of Americans don’t know their next-door neighbor.
They may know their name but they have no real relationship with them.
That’s an utterly new place for human beings to find themselves in — I mean – we’re a socially evolved primate.
It wasn’t that many generations ago that we were sitting on the savannah picking lice out of each other’s fur.
It’s got to be one of the reasons that we’re going so crazy right now.