Privacy equals isolation. Withdrawal within the walls.
Concrete and closed gates against any likely or unlikely invasion. Thus people, neighborhood, community and society became undesirable. We replaced nature with lawn.
We abandoned timeless values greedily, for social and economic mobility –critical thinking, human measure, community– building nouveau-riche mansions, split-level houses, fortresses and walls.
We closed ourselves inside so as not to see or be seen; to secure our wealth but also to hide the bareness of our soul and spirit. We abandoned the communal; we stopped being citizens.
We separated ourselves from the Others, the dirty ones, the strangers. No one was to disturb our peace. Security above all.
Yet in this enclosed world each one is on his own, the illegal rules, we are paranoid and permanently threatened.
And when the faucet of luxury shuts down we are left alone, destitute as always.