The Way We Live Now

Three ways to think about what we’re seeing — and all we’re going to see in the coming months — in our cultural discourse:

  • How will we live together?
  • How will we make a living?
  • How will we live upon the earth?

The old consensuses about all of those questions (if they ever existed) are fraying or gone, and new evidence is daily emerging that they did not work especially well then and would not be broadly acceptable or sustainable today.

The devil, as always, will be in the details — but it will be broadly possible to judge the direction of travel in someone’s thought, assertion, or politics along each of these three lines.

As you read and listen, ask yourself: can I live with the consequences of this argument? Can all of us?