Wanting more and more



From BookForum: “The likeliest setting for dehumanization, for author Mark Greif, is not a totalitarian regime but an America of plenty where, he writes in the ‘Crisis of Man,’ ‘a continuous surplus labor was developed in which everyone would labor only for more and more instant consumption in their own bodily health, grooming, self-maintenance, “standard of living,” and waste — forms of fake necessity not dictated by nature and totally hostile to traditional hopes for philosophical liberation into higher human values. … Greif takes up Arendt’s insight that, freed from basic want, humans have a tendency to redouble their attention to the increasingly mannered fulfillment of those wants.”


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