The Hopi language contains a word that English needs but doesn’t have. It is an ancient and, to modern, nonnative ears, strange-sounding word.
Koyanisqatsi: a life out of balance, a way of living that calls for another way of living.
Even without the news reports we know that the world we live in is moving faster and growing hotter, smaller, and “flatter.” We worry more than we used to. Millions of us have been cast adrift in a roiling sea of anxious and insecure productivity, utility, and performance. Americans have more things than any people in history but suffer from a painful poverty of meaning. We possess myriad communication technologies but ache from the extinction of genuine human community. We are a fantastically productive people but mourn the steady erosion of our “free” time. We have good reasons to conclude that life is out of balance. We are living in a way of living that calls for another way of living.
There is also a deep and strangely moving film of the same name…