With all the recent talk of “trusting the experts” it’s easy to forget that the best barometer of how things are faring is almost always ourselves. After all, we don’t need a federal jobs report to tell us our neighbor no longer has a small business; we don’t need to read a newspaper to tell us our parents are ill-protected in their nursing homes; and we sure don’t need mental health professionals to inform us that our children are psychologically breaking down.
Buckminster Fuller, the eccentric architect, inventor and author, once opined, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." But Fuller, who died in 1983 at the age of 87, didn't live long enough to see the advent of social media.