Our exterior portrayal of calm and control is at the mercy of a neocortex that functions as a lighthouse, forever scanning the environment for safety. In the uncertain times we live in, from economic instability to the threat of terrorism and the uncertain fate of our planet, the signals we receive instigate our fears once too often.
As a Taoist, what I see most here is a lack of balance. I see a lack of harmony. I see an unbridled and excessive turning away from nature in favor of human-built worlds that may be more comfortable and titillating, but are far less intricate, sublime, and ultimately rewarding. I see, too, the addictive power of our technology and the consequences that addiction has on the world we actually inhabit.