Driving across Connecticut on I-84, one has time to reflect on mankind's interaction with the environment – the roaring trucks, the hawks on telecom towers, the commercial slogans that dot the roadside. One billboard always distracts me for a few miles... It proclaims the cheerful promise from People's United Bank: "Everything starts with you."
I wonder why – at PEOPLE'S Bank – everything doesn't start with people. Then I wonder if there is any other possibility. Could everything start with someone else? How about the neglected other guy? We are bombarded by these fatuous claims – clear signs of an environment in decline. Along the roadside. In our minds.