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henry_flower ([personal profile] henry_flower) wrote2017-05-11 01:30 pm

Mediocre life is a wonderful thing to have

Tyler Cowen (an econ prof. at George Mason University):

"I find it striking the extent to which we've used our wealth to build more structures, and hardly any of them are as nice as, say, an old-style Georgian home as you would see in London, when people were much, much poorer. [...] And yet many of them lived in nicer buildings, and we don't seem to care.

It seems to me interiors are vastly improved with every generation, including ours compared to 30 years ago; and obviously to some extent that's what people value. If you have a theory or what's wrong with the world is that people are getting too good at leisure at home and not good enough at interfacing physically, geographically with everyone else, and then you see the way that architecture is evolving: that interiors just are better every year; and exteriors remain mediocre, ugly, and not even worth looking at"

I'm glad I'm not the only one who notices this.


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