A dark age of emotional emptiness?

From Derek Thompson at The Atlantic:

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.


About Professor Mockumental

I enjoy almost all forms of parody, buffoonery, and general high-jinks. Satire has shown itself to be an essential societal need; I therefore humbly offer my services in such a manner. I enjoy mocking the usual suspects at the New York Times (Charles Blows, Moron Dowd, and the earth is flat guy) and Washington Post (Dana Milkbag, E.D. Dijon, and David Ignoramus). There are many others as well, but sadly, there are always too many targets and too little time.

Posted on May 8, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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