The people who travel on the bus with their ears plugged, those who walk in the street holding their ear often talk to themselves. They stay in their world; a kind of autism, the trademark of materialistic societies.

We are all well informed of what’s going on everywhere, it’s live. Do we pretend to be worried or do we really not give a damn?

There are so many tragic occurrences but afterwards they tell us we have to buy things. And take care not to get too depressed or things build up in the depots. Now, this isn’t good: following the normal cycle, they should already be in the dump.

If we thought for five minutes, we would stop straight away. It’s not that five minutes is long, but we are autistic in a schizophrenic world.

(in The Guardian Weekly letters, 29 November 2013, see Our feeling of helplessness)
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