The Machine Stops

Honest look at consumer society.

One has only to observe a streetful of shoppers on a Saturday afternoon to understand the futility of consumption as a path to happiness. What, exactly, are they looking for? It is rarely that one sees among them a look of ecstatic happiness that tells you that they have at last found what they wanted all their life to find.

Read on.

(The image above is relevant.)

[Theodore Dalrymple @ the New English Review via The Browser]

[image via spamula]
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August 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading.

One Comment

  1. Erin replied:

    “The good consumer never learns.”
    I am reminded that after filling my trunk with two garbage bags and two boxes of our unwanted things, I spent the majority of yesterday afternoon in Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot. (That knowledge, shoved into the corner of the mind like the very things themselves, certainly contributes to the joylessness of consumption.) I enjoy shopping like I enjoy taking an aspirin – an act preceding half-maligned relief.

    Would like to read the EM Forster story.

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