Do we have what it takes to live in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood?

I was interviewed yesterday for a project entitled “American Communities and Neighborhoods/The Collective Psyche”, and it got me thinking (as I often do) about how to make neighborhoods more, well, neighborly.

I just came across this article about Mr. Rogers (of all people), and this statement by Fred Rogers from 20 years ago really resonated: “Mister Rogers is losing, as we all are losing. He is losing to it, to our twenty-four-hour-a-day pie fight, to the dizzying cut and the disorienting edit, to the message of fragmentation, to the flicker and pulse and shudder and strobe, to the constant, hivey drone of the electroculture… if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.”

I couldn’t agree more. We should all spend more time outside, exploring the places that are our neighborhoods, and coming to grips with the feelings that it’s a good thing to need and know our neighbors. It’s Spring, finally, so let’s get out there!