When I moved to Detroit to begin my career at a green energy startup, it was with the same goal I’d had for years: fight back against climate change. Upon starting work, however, uncomfortable truths about human nature and the American economy led to a dark and devastating conclusion to the question I’d been asking for years.
While searching for answers, I found them in the most unlikely place, my discarded Jewish identity. But as an atheist, it wasn’t possible to return to religion… Or was it? Against the tragicomical backdrop of the millennial transition to adulthood, The Sacredness of Things Collapsing is a memoir that explores the challenges and benefits of embracing religion in the modern world, the hidden dangers of American overachiever culture, and the psyche of the eco-activist facing nearly insurmountable odds.
Introduction and 1st chapter
Note: Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals and places featured in the book.