I believe it has a lot to do with security. Science shows us that human nature is to be together. If we look at the science, we’re biologically designed for mating, prorating, et cetera so there is truth to this. If we look at history, when humans became civilized they did so in colonies.

We feel we need the security of emotional support.

Humans evolved and now money is the best thing on the planet. It’s no longer about community and what are contributions are. We live in a an age where bills are piling up and we always want the next best thing. The more money we make the more we live outside of our means.

We feel we need financial security.

Humans are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same thing day in and day out. To veer off the path leads us to uncertainty and that is scary. Our culture is also set up this way. Work the same job for 25–30 years in order to retire.

We need the safety of security.

Not to mention failure. What if we fail our families? Our society? Ourselves?

I believe we are conditioned to a set standard in our heads of how we should live. I’m not convinced this standard should be set in stone but it can most definitely be a hinder to anyone who does.

I think we’re slowly starting to see a shift in this mentality but in the younger generation such as high school and college age but for us older folks, we tend to stick with the safety net.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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