We’ve never had it better ... and we’ve never felt worse about it.
Or, to borrow a phrase: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”
That’s the surprising state of affairs in our society today, as we discover that cash cannot create contentment and possessions don’t always provide us with a sense of peace. Sure, we may watch The Fabulous Life of Celebrity Super Spenders on VH1, and gawk at the extravagant shopping sprees of Hollywood’s best-paid superstars, but we know that most celebrities are just a few steps away from having a meltdown and ending up in rehab.
What grandma always said is true: Money can’t buy happiness.
Still, most of us expect that improvements in quality of life are going to make us feel better. But they don’t — at least not by themselves. In his new book The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook makes the point that life is getting better all the time: Our houses are bigger, our incomes are...
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