A dark age of emotional emptiness?
Two generations ago, there was no such thing as a wantologist, a dating company, a nameologist, a life coach, a party animator, or a paid graveside visitor… Today, they’re everywhere.
Some have asserted the presence of such things are evidence we are approaching “a dark age of emotional emptiness.” Or that we’re already there.
But Thompson disagrees. You have to salute his conclusion about the sort of economy that has enabled extreme specialization (sometimes) and precision (often).
It’s a badge of wealth and something of a miracle that today, uniquely within the sweep of history, we finally have the time and cause to debate whether we’re spending too much money nursing our neuroses and investing directly in our happiness.
Although Thompson skirts the issue, I love how “evolutionary biology” clearly explains why we have emotions ( as well as an ability for abstract thought, mental illness, achievement needs, self-deception, etc.) to begin with.
Except when it doesn’t.