The Shut-In Economy
Lauren Smiley
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Modern Times

Most of us are living lives that are neither that of a pampered, isolated royalty nor that of a 21st century servant, but rather somewhere in between.

Most of us are wage slaves, living in gilded cages, distracted by an endless display of “bread-and-circuses” and constantly on the verge of a burnout.

Most of us have been reduced to a zombie-like existence, obsessed by their status on faux-social media and constantly seeking for the next distraction to feed their hungry souls with.

Most of us have become the poster children of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortable Numb”, with a lifestyle filled with material luxury while experiencing a constant urging for meaning in a vast spiritual void.

Most of us are mere cogs in the machine, expendable human “resources” in a Kafkaesque bureaucracy, blissfully unaware of their sub-par existence as peons of a shadowy oligarchy.

Most of us have lost touch with both our inner child and society at large, wading through an existential maze and suffering from a perpetual identity crisis.

As Aldous Huxley once expressed “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

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