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16 Sept 2014

It’s nice to have nice things. Creature comfort is not some bourgeois capitalist construct, but framing it as a moral virtue sure is. It’s what the French call Nostalgie de la Boue: a fond yearning for the mud. Two things have to be in place to really appreciate this particular brand of gluttony posing as asceticism. First, you have to have endured years and years of plenty, the mud a long-distant, nearly forgotten memory. One must have decades of such surfeit under your belt that you have been fortunate enough to grow sick of it all. … And second — and this is what really separates the men from the boys — in order to maintain a life free of clutter and suitable for a sacred space, you’ll need another room to hide your shit.

— Don't Get Too Comfortable, David Rakoff.

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