“All this is completely alien to the American mind…To an American, the whole purpose of living is to cram as much sensual pleasure into one’s mouth more or less continuously. Gratification, instant and lavish, is a birthright. You might as well say, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t really’ if someone tells you to take a breath.”—Bill Bryson, transplanted American Writer.
“Take stock of your life. Look around at what you drive, wear, eat, read. Are these things you?…You may find yourself wondering: what else about me isn’t authentic? Do I really like diamonds? Do I find my partner attractive? Are the myriad daily choices I make, apparently, freely, truly, the product of my own will?”—Kalle Lasn