The Story of Us: Intro — Wait But Why
This is society. Now let’s zoom in on the left arm. Further. Okay see those skin flaps on the elbow? Let’s zoom in on the bottom one. Little more. There! Hi. So let me explain why we’re here. As a writer and a generally thinky person, I’ve spent a lot of my life thinking about the society I live in, and societies in general. When you’re a single cell in the body of a giant, it’s hard to understand what the giant’s doing, or why it is the way it is, because you can’t really zoom out and look at the whole thing all at once. The thing is, when I’ve recently tried to imagine what society might look like, I haven’t really been picturing this: Based on what I see around me, in person and online, it seems like my society is actually more like this: Individual humans grow older as they age—but it kind of seems like the giant human I live in has been getting more childish each year that goes by. So I decided to write a blog post about this. Don’t do it. They were right. One last thing. And away we go…
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