The myth of scarcity is one of the primary reasons that people hurt and control other people. The myth of self sufficiency is one of the primary reasons that people disregard and damage other people. These are the two greatest, most destructive lessons that we teach our children in the vast machinery of the ‘modern world” Does this mean that the modern world is bad? Not necessarily. Stuff is neither good nor bad. It just is. Our actions can cause harm or relieve suffering.