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G. Communities, Regions, and Rural and Urban Areas
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The changes in the economy are reflective of the broader changes in the rest of society-in institutions, families, politics, and public discourse. A society that not very long ago cultivated relationships, conversation, and reasonably vibrant public forums, now cultivates disconnected, self-absorbed, narcissistic individuals. More and more we are yielding to the materialistic, self-centered values of a commercialized and commodified society that has embraced the hegemony of the market imperialists. As a result, more and more of us are living according to individual preferences, needs, and desires without any regard to the common good.