Living in Alliance with the Earth
When I graduated from high school in 1985, college was the unquestionable next step for an intelligent, middle-class or upper-middle-class young person. I entered an elite school not out of any particular ambition, but because the story that surrounded me said that this is how to do life. College, and probably further degrees thereafter, was the path to full participation in society.
The problem was that, deep down, I didn’t want to fully participate in society. I sensed a wrongness at the base of things. As I learned more about the workings of the world, I didn’t want to be part of it. Even the public service paths, that elite education could prepare me for, seemed themselves to be still part of the same system.