Saying goodbye to A.C. means saying hello to the world. With more people spending more time outdoors -- particularly in the late afternoon and evening, when temperatures fall more quickly outside than they do inside -- neighborhoods see a boom in spontaneous summertime socializing.
Rather than cowering alone in chilly home-entertainment rooms, neighbors get to know one another. Because there are more people outside, streets in high-crime areas become safer. As a result of all this, a strange thing happens: Deaths from heat decline. Elderly people no longer die alone inside sweltering apartments, too afraid to venture outside for help and too isolated to be noticed. Instead, people look out for one another during heat waves, checking in on their most vulnerable neighbors.
You get a bunch of people sweating their balls off in a heat wave and what you get is not all that idiocy quoted above, but a bunch of people with very short tempers and short fuses ready to bring the hammer down at a seconds notice.
Gad... the stuff PollyAnna wrote above is as idealistic as one could ever imagine, but based on reality? Not a chance.
Come down here, you babbling idiot, where the temperature - right now - is 99 and the humidity is 85. Let's see how long you last outside communing with Mother Nature.