Kathleen raised an interesting point in response to my post Unmet Needs: The Eligible-Bachelor Paradox. I claimed that my bachelorhood was a result of being more novelty oriented as opposed to stability oriented. She pointed out the failure rate and "other" uncertainties that make married life anything but stable. I suppose my life is rather stable compared to the lives of the "married with children". I can think of no better way to destroy my easy-going lifestyle and fully satiated needs than to strap myself to a bomb and have a few kids.
I was listening to a podcast on the news industry and the point was being made on how it is becoming increasing difficult, almost impossible, to remain profitable. It appears to me that there are economic changes happening beyond the threshold of perception, dynamics we do not have concepts for. We are not asking simple enough questions. Global food prices are skyrocketing and news is unprofitable. How is it with all of our wondrous science and technology we are increasing unable to feed ourselves and keep each other abreast of what is happening? These are basic physiological and social needs.
Isn't the story of progress we are taught supposed to make life easier, fulfill and meet basic needs and ladder up to increasing levels of efficiency and structure.
There is another enterprise that appears to be economically (and socially) infeasible, the American family.
I'm reminded of two songs for the brilliant first and second releases of TMBG.
Don't Don't Don't Let's Start, in which they gleefully sing "No one in the world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful. Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful."
And They'll Need a Crane
"They'll need a crane, they'll need a crane, to take the house he built for her apart,
to make it break ,it's gonna take, a metal ball hung from a chain".