The Ugliness of the Modern World??

I recently read one article and listened to one radio broadcast whose essential point was that two of the central elements in the modern American world—freeways and ocean shore protection against flooding, respectively—were ugly.

From the perspective of wanting to live in a lovely meadow in a green forest, I grant the point; but from the perspective of wanting to live in the modern world of good transportation and flood protection, freeways, dikes, and dams are truly beautiful and spectacularly engineered works of industrial forma nd function that provide great benefit to human civilization.

As for the deep beauty of the forest primeval—as a dedicated mountain backpacker in my youth—it is a world I truly love and know it remains there for those of us who need to retreat to it occasionally.

But as for day to day living, give me the modern suburb with freeway access and protection against the fury of nature that can destroy a community in seconds; and fiber-optic cable for communicating with the global world.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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