“Rural eastern Paraguay was once flush with jungles, small farms, schools, and wildlife. Now it is a sea of soybeans. The families, trees, and birds are gone. The schools are empty. The air is filled with the toxic stench of pesticides.”
"Vigilance is but one step away from paranoia. Vigilant people notice that you’ve taken an extra 10 minutes for lunch and report you to the boss. Vigilant people sniff marijuana in your backyard and call the authorities. Since they have no life of their own, they delight in ruining the lives of others."
— Tom Hodgkinson, Utne Reader
"Nowhere is actually where everything is. Your mind is here. Unlike a spring break in Barcelona with friends, drinking and dancing your consciousness away (trust me, I’ve been there), this is where your perspective dwells. Nowhereness reminds me how insignificant my life is and how important the questions about toenails and trees really are in the grand scheme of things. I think of Brianna in the first grade, how she vomited after accidentally swallowing her Lee Press-On Nail in gym class and how I told her not to be embarrassed as I helped her to the office. I’m really glad I did that."
— Courtney E. Martin on road trips, Utne Reader
As a physician involved in preventive medicine, I often ask my patients how they rate their current level of stress. Few ever say their stress levels are low. Most admit they’re completely stressed out. In the process of exploring why, I’ve discovered a common denominator. These people feel overloaded. Most of us are trying to do too much. And it’s a hard habit to break, because our age views multitasking as the normal way of getting things done. If we’re not juggling a dozen different commitments at once, we tend to think there’s something wrong with us.
From a medical perspective, however, the opposite is true.
— Dan Beskind, M.D. Utne Reader
"Work is the activity that you have to do to get paid so you can buy the products produced by somebody else’s misery to the profit of both your bosses."
— Chris Gunderson, writing in the May-June 1987 issue of Utne Reader.