I have just finished skimming through a book I bought some 30 years ago. It is called “Tragedy and Hope” by Carroll Quigley. This book is a tome, and at times it’s hard to read.
On page 1220, he makes an interesting point. I want to get your take on these comments.
The social costs of the contemporary economic system are staggering….The self-reliant individual has gradually changed into the conformist ‘organization man.’ Routine has displaced risk, and subordination to abstractions has replaced the struggle with diverse concrete problems. The constantly narrowing range of possibilities for self-expression has given rise to deep frustrations with their concomitant growth of irrational compensating customs, such as the obsession with speed; vicarious combativeness, especially in sports; the use of alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, and sex as stimulants, diversions, and sedatives; and the rapid appearance and disappearance of fads in dress, social customs, and leisure activities.
What about it folks?