Our village was prosperous. . . . The real foundation of our prosperity . . . was the deep and enduring sense of community that enabled us to make the best use of these resources. . . . We had all the things we needed—well-crafted, beautiful things that lasted a long time—but we did not do much “consuming.”
We were taught to see the world as a great machine. But then we could find nothing human in it. Our thinking grew even stranger—we turned this world-image back on ourselves and believed that we too were machines. . . . But the world is not a machine. . . . As we change our images of the world, as we leave behind the machine, we welcome ourselves back.
—MARGARET J. WHEATLEY and MYRON KELLNER-ROGERS ...