From: Tennessee Leeuwenburg (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jul 27 2006 - 21:19:39 MDT
Dani Eder wrote:
>> What is the purpose of *anything* once you cross the
>> boundary of *bare*
>> necessity? Maybe "fun" is the only purpose. Maybe
>> it's just a by-product.
> A way I've heard it described goes like this:
> "There are only two industries. There is the 'stuff'
> category, that provides all the stuff we need to live.
> Everything else is entertainment".
> As civilization has progressed, we can spend a greater
> share of our collective time on entertainment, and
> less on stuff.
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Except of course that's rubbish. There isn't a 1:1 mapping between
industries and the stuff we need to live. Many needs are unmet while we
have a glut of entertainment industries. Maslow's hierarchy of needs
neatly destroys the simple dualism of needs and desires.
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