David Brooks, Expertise, and the Fetishization of Happiness


J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he studies literature and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Avatar DensityDuck

    Nobody in modern society trusts their own opinion. (Hardly surprising, when we’re invariably told that opinion is always the result of racism, sexism, privilege, bigotry, or hidden self-interest.)

    Anyway. We invariably look for an external source to validate our opinions; because that means they aren’t opinions, really, but rather adherence to an objectively-proven superior method.Report

  2. Avatar Rufus F.

    I like this post quite a bit. There seems to be something very ephemeral about happiness too that, far from being a strike against it, makes it more precious. A fetish is something transient made permanent, so fetishizing happiness would likely end it.Report

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