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ah! that's what i see too. you could call it a 'virtualisation of pleasure'.
as more and more people expand their brains to enjoy more and more inventive cultural refinements, curiosity begets curiosity, and as we source and digitise all out history, art and philosophies, we weill (sic!) change from homo economicus to homo ludens, and morph our collective social value system from chestbeating, alpha-male, territorial, aquistador, hubristic, aggressive, xenophobic, exclusive, macho, puerile vertical - one lottery winner receives gazillions while the others toil and grind - to a horizontal system where modesty - traditionally the highest virtue in ancient china - is prized, along with merry self-deprecation, sly satire, and with a joy in sharing.

with regard to the diary, it seems very blue-sky, if possible theoretically.

as for coca cola, it's poison.  seeing the golden arches straddling every horizon may keep a lot of pension plans pumped, but it makes me feel sad and weary all at once.

counting gdp as an unqualified Good Thing is so yesterday.

in a general way i hope you're right, but as predictions go, this rings jejune and way over-optimistic to me, after months of stirling, bondad, and jerome's missives to mull on!


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Oct 18th, 2005 at 07:18:28 PM EST
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