"Had our ancestors been asked to predict what would happen in an age of widespread prosperity in which most religious and cultural proscriptions had lost their power, how many would have guessed that our favourite activities would not be fiery political meetings, masked orgies, philosophical debates, hunting wild boar or surfing monstrous waves but shopping and watching other people pretending to enjoy themselves? How many would have foreseen a national conversation – in public and in private – that revolves around the three Rs: renovation, recipes and resorts? How many would have guessed that people possessed of unimaginable wealth and leisure and liberty would spend their time shopping for onion goggles and wheatgrass juicers? Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chainstores."
Läs hela artikeln från The Guardian här. Den handlar om det gamla vanliga: Att sälja sin själ för en grynvälling. Fast grynvällingen är rökfärgad och dold bakom dimridåer av artificiell reklam för ett tomt liv.
Eller, som Jonathan Franzen beskrev det, i Freedom:
Walter and Patty were the young pioneers of Ramsey Hill—the first
college grads to buy a house on Barrier Street (...). They paid
nothing for their Victorian and then killed themselves for ten years