How Much of This Do We Really Need?

Can’t we learn how to get along without violence, inequality, prejudice, famine, fear, brutality, injustice, mendacity, advertising, propaganda, cheesy pop ballads, religion, scholastic aptitude tests, keg parties, Christmas shopping, fashion magazines, beauty contest, music television, plastic surgery, discrimination, supermarkets, fast food restaurants, job interviews, office buildings, cocktail parties, shopping malls, prisons, big box stores, automobiles, traffic jams, handguns, genetically modified foods, automatic weapons, nuclear missiles, aircraft carriers, armies, attack helicopters, submarines, limousines, deluxe hotels, status symbols, Hollywood blockbusters, unfunny sitcoms, cop shows, soap operas, game shows, talk shows, infomercials, celebrity memoirs, big banks, slaughterhouses, factory farms, driftnet fishing operations, big game hunting, cockfights, horse races, undersea trawlers, greyhound races, nuclear bomb tests, over-packaging, conspicuous consumption, nail polish, make-up, high heels, deodorant, mouthwash, the royal family, national anthems, the Olympics, flags, hymns, pesticides, herbicides, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, natural stupidity, incorrigible ignorance, the denial of death and evolution, shouting matches, the belief in heaven, hell, and reincarnation, rape, incest, murder, pedophilia, overpopulation, sexual repression, genital mutilation, the stoning of rape victims and adulteresses, the suppression of women, and monogamy?

Didn’t think so.

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