I’ve said it for years, it’s the notion of “experiences not things” twisted and perverted. Any country that bases itself on tourism will eventually crash because novelty is fleeting. People fetishize the bohemian lifestyle, expect everyone to live it, or shit on someone for deciding “I like my home and want to stay” while pining for greener pastures, doing fuck all for their home. Rootlessness is the root of all ruthlessness, if everyone is a “free agent” roaming the world, we’re no better than African nomads. Buy land, fix it up, and fight the fires in your backyard. Don’t go to see greatness around the world, but make greatness in your little sliver, make your home a place worth visiting for stranger and worth living in for your family and friends.I’ve said for a while now that Pax Americana peaked in the late 1990s and the best time western society will ever experience was between the collapse of the USSR and the 2008 stock market crash.
This is a great post and is a big root cause of why everyone of all stripes is angry and unhappy: the concept an ownership society is quickly dying off. That essentially means there is nothing to aspire to except to consoom the latest content and see their quality of life slowly but steadily degrade. Home prices have shot up so high everywhere that it feels intentional that home prices will always be out of reach. All the trickle down effects of never being able to own a home cascade to thinks like not getting married, no kids, no real long term thinking and planning, etc. A doggo and an apartment in a trendy part of a city will never replicate the house with a white picket fence, a wife and 2.5 kids.