“If Your Furniture’s Distressed, Your Conscience Need Not Be.”

Yesterday I published a post about “bobos” (bohemian/bourgeois) briefly mentioning David Brooks’ book Bobos in Paradise. I thought you might enjoy a quote from the book about the consumerist aspect of being a “bobo”.

Across the developing world there are factory workers busy beating up the goods they have just made in order to please American consumers, one can only imagine what they think of us. But for us the payoff is clear. If your furniture is distressed, your conscience needn’t be.

What an astounding quote that hits our cultural sensibilities right on the head! We would rather buy our furniture “pre-beaten” in order that it might look more authentic. Who are we trying to fool and what are we trying to say when we buy authentic things like this?

Food for thought.

Michael

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