Friday, October 29, 2010

commodification of happiness

When we buy a luxury automobile, is it the appearance of recognition and status we're looking for rather than comfort?

When we take an exotic vacation, is it the appearance of freedom we're trying to acquire rather than true autonomy--freedom from superiors and patronization.

When we drink and party, is it the appearance of genuine friendship we're after?

When we purchase fine bathing accouterments, is it because we're trying to acquire the appearance of calm and serenity?

One must regard wealth beyond what is natural as of no more use than water to a container that is full to overflowing. Real value is generated not by theatres and baths and perfumes and ointments...but by friends, thought, and autonomy, in particular--the freedom to avoid superiors, patronization, infighting, and competition.

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