If a brand is making a promise that you’re going to feel better about yourself if you buy it, they’re making a false promise. Human beings metabolize their purchases very quickly. … This is an element of what social psychologists call “the hedonic treadmill”: If you’re always looking to validate yourself and get satisfaction from buying stuff or having a bigger house, then you’re on an endless, addictive treadmill. There’s no enduring satisfaction to this. If a brand’s only purpose is to get you on that hedonic treadmill, it might be good for business in the short run, but in the long run, you’re doomed. If you look at the components of long-term well-being, it has nothing to do with material goods. Once you’re past a certain level of material well-being, people’s long-term happiness and wellbeing is about having deep personal relationships, believing in something larger than themselves, and doing something meaningful that they enjoy.
Art did this New Yorker cover in 1993, when kids with guns could only be seen as an ironic exaggeration. Colombine happened in 1999, Newtown in 2012, nearly 20 years later. I share Art’s wish for 2013: no more!But now talk is about having armed guards in schools… Seriously?
I shudder at what it’s going to take before we get a ban on assault weapons.
"To Kingdom Come" - Passion Pit
Can’t stop listening to this song.
Edith Windsor, the plaintiff, was hailed as a heroine by supporters of same-sex marriage rights who gathered outside the court. She reflected on the her role as the public face of the movement today, compared with her fear of making her relationship with Thea Spyer public only 10 years ago.
Source: The New York Times