Thermomixed Up, a Pause
A pause for some catch-up and dot-connecting.
This discursive ramble of mine was set in motion when I read a piece by Reihan Salam and a piece by Megan McArdle.*
The key passage in Reihan’s piece:
[W]e are in a sense living through a cultural war in which some who’ve chosen, say, more leisure and prestige are waging a symbolic struggle against those who’ve chosen more income — the object is to devalue the accumulation of material possessions, to characterize it as “greedy,” etc.
And the key phrase from Megan’s apologia for her recently purchased Thermomix:
There is, of course, the joy of acquisition. And why give that short shrift? The high may be temporary, but the same is true of climbing a mountain. Why valorize one over the other?
Last weekend Joe went into the city for a friend’s Christmas party. Of course because he was in New York City, everyone asked him, “So what do you do?” and Joe said, “I’m building a boat” and people were very, very impressed.
Joe and I both laughed about this because we both know if he had said, “I’m doing some construction work” people wouldn’t have been as impressed.
“Why do we valorize one over the other?” can be inflected anyway you like. My preference is to consider it, not as a rhetorical question, but as a ligitimate line of inquiry, in which the answers are not so obvious as they might at first seem.
More working with our cabinet scrapers today. I’ve been fooling around with epoxy for about a dozen years, but I feel like I’m born again. More on that soon.
*Generally I find using first names presumptuous, and wish to make no such presumptions. I have referred to Mr. Salam and Ms.McArdle by their first names because it seems to be a blogging convention.