But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.
We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing. Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (via djackmanson)
travelwedo asked: I noticed that in your last long post you characterised exotification as "unsavoury", in line with colonialism, enslavement, and even dehumanisation. I'm wondering if the phrase "exotic beauty", for example, is offensive to you.
Consider the case of Angelo Soliman, who was fluent in 6 languages, companion to a prince, was a master swordsman, navigator and renowned music composer, and a major intellectual influence on Emperor Joseph II, Count Franz Moritz von Lacy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Josef Haydn.
And upon his death, his body was preserved, stuffed, and mounted, decorated with a loincloth and feathers, and placed in a display (against the protests of his daughter) by Emperor Franz II for the Imperial-Royal Court Cabinet of Natural History as a “noble savage”.
Because he was exotic.
As the curator(s) explain, the bodies of healthy people were rarely displayed in this manner. Africans were the exception. Still, they seem puzzled by Soliman’s treatment which was not only inhumane but also anachronistic.For, in Soliman’s case, there was no scientific objective: a distinguished man, who had perfectly met the expectations of European society as a successful court servant, was displayed as a “noble savage”, so becoming once again an object. It is hard not to infer from this that success, not his inherent humanity, should have spared Soliman the indignity of being stuffed and displayed like an animal.
So, gee. I don’t know. Don’t you think that’s dehumanizing?
He was dehumanized because of exotification.
He was considered exotic because of colonialism.
These words are interrelated and these events cause each other. Ideas make way for deeds.
Terms like “exotic beauty” aren’t so much ‘offensive’ as it is incredibly harmful to people who are already oppressed and/or marginalized.