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set 12-16 THE WISDOM OF PESSIMISM

by Alain de Botton

 

 

I finally got the chance to see the critically acclaimed French film “Demain” in which a team of upper middle-class actors from the film industry travel around the world searching for alternatives to the impending apocalypse predicted by the scientific community. The result is a grotesque hodge podge accumulation of politically correct clich├ęs filmed by bourgeois individuals whose contention is that, if we all ride our bikes, trade with local currencies and stop eating meat, we’ll be able to feed the 10 billion people that will populate the world tomorrow. Such naive idealism always stems from the same “intelligentsia” who mistakenly believe that the whole of humanity is driven by the same ideals. The world, as I see it, is fuelled, not by philantropy, but by materialism and mediocrity. From that perspective, idealism is just another way of living in denial. Let’s not fool ourselves, the world can’t carry 10 million people. Riding our bikes and boycotting meat won’t help anything. So, yes, we must keep on fighting materialism and the evil that ensues, but lets not fool ourselves with pseudo bourgeois idealism just to comfort ourselves in our priviledged lives. – Nikolas

 

 

 

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