I came across this quote while doing some research on another book to read this year. I love it. It sums up so many problems I see around me today. It is easy to be stationary. It is easy to be still. It is easy to remain unchanging, ever wishing, never doing. Therein lies the danger. Our challenge in life is not to be complacent, lest we die unlived. Our challenge is to do more, do better, be better.
“We are an exceptional model of the human race. We no longer know how to produce food. We no longer can heal ourselves. We no longer raise our young. We have forgotten the names of the stars, fail to notice the phases of the moon. We do not know the plants and they no longer protect us. We tell ourselves we are the most powerful specimens of our kind who have ever lived. But when the lights are off we are helpless. We cannot move without traffic signals. We must attend classes in order to learn by rote numbered steps toward love or how to breast-feed our baby. We justify anything, anything at all by the need to maintain our way of life. And then we go to the doctor and tell the professionals we have no life. We have a simple test for making decisions: our way of life, which we cleverly call our standard of living, must not change except to grow yet more grand. We have a simple reality we live with each and every day: our way of life is killing us.”
— Blood Orchid by Charles Bowden