Today's book nugget is a quote from Sigmund Freud:
"We welcome it as a sign of civilization as well if we see people directing their care too to what has no practical value whatever, to what is useless - if, for instance, the green spaces necessary in a town as playgrounds and as reservoirs of fresh air are also laid out with flower-beds, or if the windows of the houses are decorated with pots of flowers. We soon observe that this useless thing which we expect civilization to value is beauty. We require civilized man to reverence beauty wherever he sees it in nature and to create it in the objects of his handiwork so far as he is able."
Civilization and Its Discontents sounds to me like a post-apocalyptic film where a strong, female lead plays out some sort of vendetta, and you think her enemies all have it coming for them but in the end everyone realizes how human and connected they truly are. Anyway... it's actually the title of the book.
Despite all the effort human beings put into organizing chaos, we still want it around. We want to be surprised and to find something lovely in the things we can't control. And do you agree that if it's not around, that there feels like something is missing?
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