Toxic Individualism

Looking more broadly, the price we pay as a society for our toxic individualism and patriarchy is our permanent estrangement from one another. If I can’t connect to you, I can’t connect to us. Whether it’s racism, class differences, or any of myriad other social plagues, its cost is always the same: a broken and dysfunctional system that prevents us from recognizing and caring for our neighbor with a flawed but full heart.

Bruce Springsteen, in the forward to Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship.

Clearly I have underestimated Bruce Springsteen.


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Rob on November 8, 2022 - 19:39 Permalink

I'd encourage you to seek out Howard Stern's full 2-hour interview with Springsteen last week.

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Steven Garrity on November 8, 2022 - 20:49 Permalink

My time to learn I had underestimated Springsteen was through Dar Williams' cover of Highway Patrolman. I discovered it about 18 years ago and still love it. You can hear it around the 45m45s point of Acts of Volition Radio Session Six: