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Buddha Boy

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i'm mixed on this one ... he makes some interesting meta-points, but the rest felt unfocused and pointless and even kinda vapid

Saunders, G. (2010). Buddha Boy. In Saunders, G. The Brain-Dead Megaphone: Essays. Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 211-250

British: a nursery where babies and young children are cared for during the working day; North American: a representation of the nativity scene

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The effect is now oddly crèche-like.

—p.224 by George Saunders
notable
3 years, 6 months ago

The effect is now oddly crèche-like.

—p.224 by George Saunders
notable
3 years, 6 months ago
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Because we feel ourselves first and foremost as physical beings, the physical comes to dominate us: Beloved uncles die, parents are displaced, cousins go to war, children suffer misfortune, love becomes a trap. The deeper in you go, the more it hurts to get out. Disaster (sickness, death, loss) is guaranteed and in fact is already en route, and when it comes, it hurts and may even destroy us.

We fight this by making ourselves less vulnerable, mastering the physical, becoming richer, making bigger safety nets, safer cars, better medicines.

But it's nowhere near enough.

—p.243 by George Saunders 3 years, 6 months ago

Because we feel ourselves first and foremost as physical beings, the physical comes to dominate us: Beloved uncles die, parents are displaced, cousins go to war, children suffer misfortune, love becomes a trap. The deeper in you go, the more it hurts to get out. Disaster (sickness, death, loss) is guaranteed and in fact is already en route, and when it comes, it hurts and may even destroy us.

We fight this by making ourselves less vulnerable, mastering the physical, becoming richer, making bigger safety nets, safer cars, better medicines.

But it's nowhere near enough.

—p.243 by George Saunders 3 years, 6 months ago