Intellectual curiosity has been replaced by the idea that the only idea worth having is one that makes a quick billion.
Its all about money
And the liberal bent has been replaced by a fake superficial parroting of liberal ideas and taking a trip to Burning Man while at the same time being deeply suspicious of eccentricity, a dumbed down advertisement friendly idea of technology, and a insincere basis of friendship.
This I think I feel contributes to the suicides. On the surface everything looks great in shallow Alto but there is nothing real, nothing kind, nothing tolerant and nothing deeply creative here anymore.
Now I dont know what we can do to change that other than try to foster a more open, artistic, creative community where people who are not ruthless business or academic types may feel at home.