You’ve nailed everything that puzzles me about America, Elle Beau, be it grabbiness, mass consumerism, or the inability to embrace independent, critical thinking…

I’m never not surprised at the sheer mediocrity and uniformity that passes for culture, the absence of curiosity about the world beyond US borders, and the near-fanatical devotion to money (and to the bitch goddess television).

Everyone wants to be rich and famous; greed is a virtue; humans are commodities.

To me, this isn’t life but some kind of weird, shallow performance that completely dehumanizes people, as evidenced by the anti-intellectual tenor of US politics, among other things.

Thanks you a thousand times for this powerful piece which made me feel less alienated for a moment. That was a rare gift.

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