I just learned about a fascinating essay,
Energy and Equity, written by Ivan Illich in 1973. It's about how we shape ourselves by the way we shape our world. More particularly it focuses on how physical power consumption, kilowatts, is connected to political power. Even more particularly, it focuses on how high speed transportation destroys local communities.
I want to study this essay more, but this short note can at least serve as a public bookmark.
After receiving a Master's degree in physics in 1981, I worked in the semiconductor industry, developing software that engineers used to check and optimize designs of digital circuits.
Having practiced Buddhism since 1980, I completed a traditional three year meditation retreat at Karme Ling Retreat Center, New York, in 1996.