“Purity,” the new novel by Jonathan Franzen, is the topic
Next time you complain about the cost of a meal at a restaurant, consider this: Imagine you had to pay for everything that brought that meal to you independently: the server, the chef, the cookware and appliances; the food, the truckers and transportation, including the vehicles and the roads; the farmer’s that produced the food and laborers that picked it and the processing plants that processed it; the restaurant facility and the builders that built it, including all the materials needed and the processes and facilities for creating those materials; the power to the facility, including the power lines and towers, the power generators; and all relay stations; etc. etc. etc.
The cost would be astronomical, literally billions of dollars. Most of us rarely consider how far the scales are tilted in our favor. We rely on a foundation of intricate and complex social structures and institutions that allow us to live from day to day and which we take for granted. Most of us would quickly find the scales tilted against survival if cast into the wild and forced to fend for oneself. So step back from time to time and consider all the support you already enjoy in your life and you will feel truly blessed.