Sunday, May 27, 2007

Success of Modernity is Bittersweet

'Here we are, living at the pinnacle of human possibility, awash in material abundance. As a society, we have achieved what our ancestors could, at most, only dream about, but it has come at a great price. We get what we say we want, only to discover that what we want doesn't satisfy us to the degree that we expect. We are surrounded by modern, time-saving devices, but we never seem to have enough time. We are free to be the authors of our own lives, but we don't know exactly what kind of lives we want to 'write.' The success of modernity turns out to be bittersweet, and everywhere we look it appears that a significant contributing factor is the overabundance of choice.'
--From The Paradox of Choice; Why More is Less--How the Culture of Abundance Robs Us of Satisfaction.

3 Comments:

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

Another excellent book in this vein is "Stumbling on Happiness". The brain does a poor job of predicting what will lead to future satisfaction. The author's web site: http://www.randomhouse.com/kvpa/gilbert/about.html.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll be sure to check this out. Glad to have you back, Buster. When you're missing from the conversation for even a few days, people begin asking about you. You seem to have developed your own little following here.

 
At 2:03 AM, Anonymous Buster said...

Li'l ol' me?

 

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