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The Tyranny of the Perfect Life

Needs or Values

Choosing one way of life means giving up many others. A desire for privacy is at odds with convenience tools like Google and Facebook. Long-term travel will mean being lonely at times.

It is not possible to combine a diversity of forms of life within a single person.

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Hyper Envy

As people get more and more connected through social media and internet-based tools, they get exposed to things that make them envious.

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A few years ago, we just had our neighbors to compare with and were oblivious of the rest of the world. Now everyone is accessible and comparisons are rife.

The Envy Is Real

We have the smartphones that we carry with us 24/7, always able to catch what other people are up to and feel envious about it.

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