One of the themes of 2023 has been the strong return of people paying for experiences. Ticket sales to sporting events and concerts are way up, and it’s still near impossible to just walk in to state parks to camp. The major driver of this behavior is finally getting the pandemic in the rear view mirror, but I also wonder if the looming threat of climate change isn’t driving it as well. I suspect nihilism will be a strong influence in many human behaviors over the next few decades. It’s unlikely any miracle technology is coming to save us, and incremental improvements in reducing our carbon footprint isn’t going to get us where we need to be. I do hope there are enough people on the planet who are driven to improve things.