Reality is (typically) not fun, but necessary to engage with. At the height of energy and material wealth, it has not been a priority for our culture to think in these complex ways — it makes our brains hurt a bit and makes us uncomfortable and sometimes sad, especially when in groups of friends or family and even alone with our own thoughts about the future. The upcoming sections will outline the first principles relating to the behavior, ecology, energy, economy, and environment of our human predicament. That will be followed by a synthesis, implications and context of the Reality that is the 21 st Century, closing with a long list of suggestions on what needs to be accomplished and how you as individuals can both live lives of meaning and engage with the future.
The Bottom Line: We do not know reality — we merely have a relationship with it. A relationship that, with effort, can be improved.
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