Friday, February 8, 2013

Bigger and bigger

Over time, human endeavors seem to increase in size -- cities, corporations, governments, bureacracies, farms, houses.  Even our bodies are growing bigger, as obesity becomes more widespread.  Whenever there's a problem, we address it by building more bureaucracy.  In my job, things that people used to be able to just do require multiple forms, each of which requires multiple signatures. 

There are some people interested in reversing this trend -- living simply, relying on local businesses rather than huge corporations, increasing the ability of smaller entities to sustain themselves, building smaller houses.  Yet, it seems those involved in this movement are a minority.  Will this ever take hold?

Or will we keep on making everything bigger and more complex until we destroy ourselves?

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