So I decided to take a little stroll out amongst my peers with several goals in mind.
I wanted to gain exposure for the general concept of "talking about us"---about how the human being tends to function---as something that is vital for us to do with each other, and I also wanted to encourage everyone to help me build something at this web address that was both an example of and a stimulus for just such a conversation.
I wanted to meet a wide variety of people face to face in the most honest straightforward way I could think of.
I wanted to talk with them, in their hundreds, specifically about what keeps humanity stuck in the old cycles I've mentioned, and immerse myself in the perspectives and feedback they had to offer.
Richard: "This makes our journey feel a little paltry by comparison, don't you think, Chip?"
Chip: "I've always been scared by idealism, by this hippie notion that the world can 'improve.' But hopefully he'll get to see some good bars along his route. He made a mistake, however, by not going to Quinton's. True, the clientele there might not have been as receptive to his notions, but they're a hell of a lot prettier than the folks at Free State."