Frowning on Greed

Human beings will be happier, not when they cure cancer, or find their way to Mars, eliminate racial prejudice, or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.

–Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

When I think of these kind of communities I think of small bands of people who are interdependent. Shame works. Shame encourages behavior that’s good for the group, fosters civility, reduces possessiveness, and frowns mightily on greed. Behaving shamelessly will cause you to be left behind.

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