There is something seductive about letting go and dropping out of the rat race, in the same way that a drowning man can be tempted to cease struggling. We’re not supposed to live in constant fighting and fear. Refusing to compete is a way to affirm values, in an era with few alternatives.
The earth is crowded with isolated humans. So many people have lost their jobs, their social ties, traditions, and sense of self. We have to find a way to empower ourselves and our communities. Not like a sinking ship, but more like sustainable entity who knows better.