“The way we live is not inevitable at all.”

Jia Tolentino
  • Capitalist individualism has turned into a death cult.
  • The internet is a weak substitute for physical presence.
  • [America] criminally undervalues its most important people and its most important forms of labor.
  • [American culture has] incentivized through online mechanisms to value the representation of something (like justice) over the thing itself.
  • Most of us hold more unknown potential, more negative capability, than we’re accustomed to accessing.
  • The material conditions of life in America are constructed and maintained by those best set up to exploit them.
  • The way we live is not inevitable at all.

Jia Tolentino, “Ask a Sane Person: Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope

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