In the land of lonely apartment living I have come to realize that I've lived in the same building for a year, only know one of the people on my floor and travel to Target four times a week for all my material needs - save etsy and Joann for my small business.
Problem? I say yes. Its lonely, especially since its summer and everyone is home for the break. I was mulling this over one day when "pop", up comes this guy on MPR talking about global warming, faith and local economies. Ok, I was in the shower, but its where I get a lot of good thinking done. Well, the whole topic is quite controversial among us semi conservative folk but I loved what he had to say about creation care and our responsibilities to be good stewards - I was like, whoah, way to go MPR, not so hostile to Jesus now are ya? That may be a stretch, but I was really interested that they let this guy on the air, so I went to my handy dandy "google" and looked him up to see if he was legit - what in the world does this have to do with lonely summers? Well I stumbled across another article he wrote that really hit what I think is a modern tragedy. Here's an excerpt from his article:
"CHEAP FOSSIL FUEL has made us what we are. Which is to say: rich, powerful—Look at us! We can make the ice caps melt! The oceans rise! But something else too: cheap fossil fuel has made us the first people on Earth with no need of our neighbors. Think, in the course of an ordinary day, how often you rely on the people who live near you for anything of practical value. Perhaps carpooling your kids to school or soccer. If you live in a rural community, there may be a volunteer fire department, which keeps your insurance affordable. But your food, your fuel, your shelter, your clothes, and your entertainment most likely come from a distance and arrive anonymously at that. A meteorite could fall on your cul-de-sac tomorrow, disappearing your neighbors, and the routines of your daily life wouldn’t change..."
- Bill McKibben, "Where Have All the Joiners Gone?"
And it gets better ... but you'll have to read it for yourself to find out :)
Peace on this stormy summer night.