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Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety

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    How are we affected by an absence of love? Why should being ignored drive us to a ‘rage and impotent despair’ beside which torture itself would be a relief?
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    Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Edinburgh, 1759): ‘To what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, of power and pre-eminence? Is it to supply the necessities of nature? The wages of the meanest labourer can supply them. What then are the advan
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    Similarly, philosophy does not deny the utility of certain kinds of anxiety. As successful insomniacs have long emphasized, it may be the anxious who best survive.
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    The rich man glories in his riches because he feels that they naturally draw upon him the attention of the world. The poor man on the contrary is ashamed of his poverty. He feels that it places him out of the sight of mankind.

    Orang kaya memuliakan kekayaannya karena dia merasa bahwa kekayaan itu secara alami menarik perhatian dunia kepadanya. Sebaliknya, orang miskin malu dengan kemiskinannya. Dia merasa bahwa hal itu menempatkannya di luar pandangan umat manusia.

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    Those without status remain unseen, they are treated brusquely, their complexities are trampled upon and their identities ignored.
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    from failure will flow humiliation: a corroding awareness that we have been unable to convince the world of our value and are henceforth condemned to consider the successful with bitterness and ourselves with shame.

    dari kegagalan akan mengalir penghinaan: kesadaran yang merusak bahwa kita tidak dapat meyakinkan dunia tentang nilai kita dan untuk selanjutnya dikutuk untuk menganggap sukses dengan kepahitan dan diri kita sendiri dengan rasa malu.

    Shasha Setiyadicompartió una citael año pasado
    Rather than a tale of greed, the history of luxury could more accurately be read as a record of emotional trauma. It is the legacy of those who have felt pressured by the disdain of others to add an extraordinary amount to their bare
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    denying its offspring the layer of emotional bedding that would grant them the inner ease to imagine that low status (their own and that of others) does not neatly equate with unworthiness, nor high status with excellence.
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    In a pattern common to all abusive behaviour, snobs generate snobs
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    Belittling others is no pastime for those convinced of their own standing.
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    Only as we mature does affection begin to depend on achievement: being polite, succeeding at school and later, acquiring rank and prestige. Such efforts may attract the interest of others, but the underlying emotional craving may not be so much to dazzle because of our deeds as to recapture the tenor of the bountiful, indiscriminate petting we received in return for arranging wooden bricks on the kitchen floor, for having a soft, plump body and wide trusting eyes.
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    Our ‘ego’ or self-conception could be pictured as a leaking balloon, forever requiring the helium of external love to remain inflated and vulnerable to the smallest pinpricks of neglect
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    ‘To be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency, and approbation, are all the advantages which we can propose to derive from it. The rich man glories in his riches because he feels that they naturally draw upon him the attention of the world. The poor man on the contrary is ashamed of his poverty. He feels that it places him out of the sight of mankind. To feel that we are taken no notice of necessarily disappoints the most ardent desires of human nature.
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    To be shown love is to feel ourselves the object of concern. Our presence is noted, our name is registered, our views are listened to, our failings are treated with indulgence and our needs are ministered to. And under such care, we flourish.
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    Status anxiety is the price we pay for acknowledging a public difference between a successful and an unsuccessful life.
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    Like Christianity, for which it has in many ways functioned as an emotional substitute
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    ‘Man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can do without.’
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    We have profoundly forgotten everywhere that cash-payment is not the sole relation of human beings
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    ‘Men are always apt to regard wealth as a precious end in itself and certainly they have never been so apt thus to regard it as they are in England at the present time,’
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    If we cannot stop envying, it is especially poignant that we should spend so much of our lives envying the wrong things.
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