The Directions Our Surroundings take us

The places we call home and live while growing up play a large role in who we become and how we treat the places we live. When these homes fall to ruin, people begin to struggle to survive and lose concern for their surroundings well being and instead focus on their own. This self interest can then lead to a spike in desire and a correlating spike in corruption, greed, inequality, loneliness and feelings of dissatisfaction.  

"Human beings are, of course, a part of nature..." "The cities of human beings are as natural, being a product of one form of nature, as are the colonies of prairie dogs..." (Jacobs, 443-444)
"It may be romantic to search for the salves of society's ills...but it is a waste of time" "Dull, inert cities, it is true, do contain the seeds of their own destruction..." (Jacobs, 448)
People want more than the decay they live in, to simply survive or to flourish, and with this growing desire people become more self interested.
"She's money-mad, all right, but somehow you don't mind it. She's so thoroughly mercenary, so frankly greedy, that there's nothing disagreeable about it" (Hammett, 27).
"Elihu Willsson was Personville, and he was almost the whole state"(Hammett, 8).
"'Who shot him?' I asked. The gray man scratched the back of his neck and said: 'Somebody with a gun.'"(Hammett, 7).
"Human failure in such undiluted doses is hard to swallow" (Jacobs, 99).
"There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder,& the dishonest mask of pretend order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling.."(Jacobs, 15)
"...deadness and monotony repel life" (Jacobs, 99).
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