“It’s the decision you make every day: How do you actually spend your time?”
The Sunday Washington Post ran this article about suburbanites who, like many of the younger expats I’ve met here in SMA, seen a need to change their lives and the pressure to continue the quest for the perfect house, job, body and family. And according to the article, many of them are actually successfully changing their lives in the suburbs.
On Friday I had two great interviews with exceptional women. In on conversation we discussed what expatriate emigration might mean for the U.S. Expats are, and probably always will be, a relatively small percentage of the overall population, but they represent a perspective for change. What if the expats decided to stay in the U.S. and change their communities? What type of influence might they have there?
Realistically, I know that when you’re coming up against the forces of capitalism, you’re always going to be swimming upstream. Nevertheless, this article seems to suggest that dissatisfaction with U.S. consumer culture is not just an expat issue, it’s an national issue. American life does not have to be an endless treadmill of errands and activies.