+Eric S. Harris
- Thanks so much for bringing this post back to my attention.
The fortune-cookie conclusion in the post ... I could use it to typify my cohort. So simplistic. So Polyana. Such comprehensive rose-colored glasses.
If we entertain and allow for the fact that persons are not the product of some cookie-cutter process. (To over-state my position: all sociology is bad; bad sociology is the worst.) we allow for a variety of human experience. I.e. someone who becomes angry and inflexible after finding that they cannot explain their position (roughly 60% of citizens) ... there's no reason to think them evil because they fail this shibboleth.
So people respond X, some people react Y, others apply coping tactic Z ...
Yet again, my yuppie cohort shows itself to be on the "We dehumanize for our own purposes" side of the chart.
p.s. author of "Man's Search for Meaning" (Viktor Frankl) pointed to how "pursuit of happiness" is probably the biggest obstacle to living a meaningful life. IMNSHO there's practically nothing about yuppie culture that is not fundamentally wrong.
p.s.2 Let's imagine the profits from junk food in the past ?what? half century.
The magical combination of white flour, white sugar, white fat and salt ... guaranteed to addict the human animal ... and inflict catastrophe on human health. Such a fine symbol for yuppie culture: the fortune-cookie. White flour, white fat, the magic proportions of salt and white sugar ... with a bit of pap tucked inside.Addendum: "Why Partisans Can’t Explain Their Views"
is a really crappy title for what is actually a damn good article.