But the less we commit, the more we become passive. We never make a move; instead, we simply stand and watch life go by. Our fear of commitment has turned us into passive consumers. We have become voyeurs, watching other people have a life. Pornography shows us other people having sex; gossip magazines show us the emotional lives of celebrities; nature documentaries show us the natural world while we sit in our artificial lounge rooms; reality TV shows us the lives of ordinary people; lifestyle programs show us others doing domestic work; sports teams show us others playing; chat shows show us others conversing. We have stopped having “real” lives; instead, we live hyperreal zombielike lives, remaining uncommitted and out of touch with the art of actual living.

Mark Sayers, The Trouble with Paris

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