I really just do not understand the necessity for so much infrastructure. People are pack animals, not hive animals. One of the prior posters said something about civilization being the cause of mental illness, and i think that person hit the nail on the head. We are the most adaptive organisms on the planet, but in its current manifestation, all i see civilzation doing is over specializing the individual. If you want to have a certain profession, and actually accrue enough wealth doing it to have a comfortable life, you have to make a life long commitment to it. You have to make a conscious decision not to persue almost everything else, in order to live comfortably.
I never learned how to dance, for instance. A lot of americans, do not dance, or sing. We cannot set the time on our microwaves, we speak only one language. Now, here in afghanistan, where my current occupation has taken me, every single local I have interacted with, speaks at least 2 languages. They all dance, they all sing…. they all do all sorts of things. Sure, there are farmers, and merchants, soldiers and holy men. But if a farmer wanted to set up a stand at the market, and start selling watches, or whatever… its culturally, not a very big leap. Everyone knows how to do everything, pretty much, they just do what they like, or what is easiest at the time.
I have aspirations that depend on american infrastructure. I think I could one day accomplish those goals. But I do not think it is worth my entire life to set such specific, narrow goals. I do not want to be a sterile drone. I almost think it is worth the stigma of poverty and homelessness to be a more well rounded person than the post-industrial whatever the crap this is will allow. It saddens me deeply, to think that almost all of the communities that have existed in the united states for people like me, have been iradicated, and made nearly impossible to reestablish. There is no place you can really go, other than a gutter, all by yourself, if you want to live outside of the habitat of the domesticated ape. I think I was probably born about 150 years too late.