The quest that has animated all our forebears is to understand the cause and the meaning of our existence. The philosophers of ancient Greece peeled back the multitude of sensations trying to comprehend physics through the four elements earth, air, fire, and water. They invented the word “atom” . . .
A long long time ago, I stayed two months with a commune in Copenhagen whose members aspired to hold all things in common and to decide all matters together, much like the practice in the earliest church. Holding things in common in Copenhagen meant that one morning, my belt and jeans showed up on someone else’s body.