Sunday, April 19, 2015

Michael David Cobb Bowen — Markets and Solitude


When you have money, you can generally, in civilized places, purchase whatever you need to sustain yourself. You can do so without having to explain your reasons. You pay cash, you get goods. The marketplace is a brilliant invention that allows us to minimize our interactions with people to the simple. If you've ever been in a situation where someone is over-explaining everything and trying to draw you into the complications and frustrations of their lives, you understand what a blessing it is to have them finally shut up. All of us want them to shut up, don't we?

But sometimes that person is your idiot boss, your nagging spouse, your teenaged child, that cop who pulled you over, your sick aunt, your hardheaded father, your demanding mother, your prattling professor, your overbearing minister, your whiney little sister and you just can't get away to find a moment's peace! You want to, desperately, but you're on the hook. You made a promise. You need their approval. You owe them a debt. You ignore them at your peril. And you cannot be free.

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