Dubai (left) Rio de Janeiro (right)

Demand is the theme of our world. Even countries that have tried to avoid capitalism, or have embraced theocracy, have stratified wealth, class, personal status, and they have materialism, too.

Perhaps it’s human nature to be drawn to what others have deemed desirable.

No matter what psychologists say, we seek affiliation, and imitate others, all the way into old age. Humans are social creatures. Wanting to belong is not necessarily a symptom of neurotic insecurity or immaturity.

Not feeling like we belong, and the very similar feeling of not being validated by our culture, are perhaps the main causes of…

Flannery Meehan

Philosopher, novelist, itinerant observer.

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