Are Cities Driving Us Crazy?

Evolutionistx thinks so. She started pondering this in view of the fact that 25% of women in the U.S. are on medications for depression or anxiety. Why so many drug users? A quote:

People seem to do best, emotionally, when they have the support of their kin, some degree of ethnic or national pride, economic and physical security, attend religious services, and avoid crowded cities. (Here I am, an atheist, recommending church for people.) The knowledge you are at peace with your tribe and your tribe has your back seems almost entirely absent from most people’s modern lives; instead, people are increasingly pushed into environments where they have no tribe and most people they encounter in daily life have no connection to them. Indeed, tribalism and city living don’t seem to get along very well.


Over the course of the last 200,000 years, tribes were probably no more than 150 people.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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One response to “Are Cities Driving Us Crazy?

  1. You can have village type communities in the largest of cities. Where I live most people are on first name terms, even those that are “transient” exchange greetings.

    I agree about church. The church is still in many cases the community hub and it does not really matter whether you go to church or not or what you believe there’s always something social going on in churches.