In the coming days, months and years, you will see a subtle shift in the focus of this blog. Now that I have turned 40, life feels different. In a good way, I assure you--but not necessarily a way that is compatible with a focus on coffee blogging. I have decidedly mixed feelings about some of the memes that have come up in middle-class society lately: Starbucks and cheap beer are evil, coffee needs to be brewed in some impossibly slow fashion in order to be enjoyed properly, and so on. No doubt, all of those memes are voiced on this blog, sometimes repeatedly, sometimes vociferously.
I believe that all of these arguments pale in comparison to the challenges that are facing this country and the Western world today. Though it's exciting to live in a time when the Western world is redefining itself, in my opinion, the discussion isn't being framed correctly. I believe that the weaknesses of the technocratic solutions we have lived by for the last half-century are evident in such seemingly random places as the (mostly beneficial, to be sure) freeway system. In this country, technocratic solutions have usually been means to the end of economic growth at seemingly any cost. Too often, perhaps, that cost has been to the human mind, soul and spirit.