If you want an incredible treatise on what could possibly be wrong with the way that most people live, I really recommend Bill McKibben’s book Deep Economy.
Discussing how it will be impossible for us to continue our rapid economic expansion the way things are going, McKibben offers an alternative: localized and sustainable communities that take care of themselves. Because so many live on the More=Better model, we are using up our natural resources at a pace that will bring about our downfall. We need to start thinking about the “Deep Economy”…the things below the surface that allow us to live the lives we want to live. With China and India rapidly catching up to our model of living, there just is not enough to go around for everyone, and we should all take a step back and re-evaluate how we live our lives. With advice on how we might want to go about this, and a wealth of knowledge about how things are today, I recommend this book to anyone concerned about where things are headed and what they can do about it.
This book only took me a few days to get through (I am currently reading about 4 books, thus it took longer than it should have) and was well worth the read. I got my copy from the library (sorry Bill, but I try not to buy books when I can borrow them!) so you probably can too. If you can’t, try to pick up a used copy from a local bookstore or Amazon. But however you get a copy, read this book. Funny, detailed and well-written, it’s a great read for anyone concerned about the state of our planet.