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New Year’s Ruminations

January 1, 2013

What kind of devil’s bargain have we struck if we live in a world of luxury and lavish satisfaction — but do so under waves of anxiety, swept up in constant competition, drones to lifestyles that generate an abiding isolation?

What good is our spontaneous paradise if we live pre-programmed by stereotypes, prescribed gender roles, archaic cultural norms rooted in chauvinism, barbarism?

How can we act freely if our social script is a doggerel of self-centered consumer messages, pretend political platitudes, a vacuum of sympathies, rampant mistranslations of what-can-you-name — in short, dominated by a dialogue of cliché consciousness?

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