I began writing about vanity several years ago, but only now do I feel like I can understand the amount of aggression imbued in this erotic pleasure we all have of showing off to attract admiration or desire. We expend considerable time and energy to attract other people’s attention—even of those who don’t interest us… Read More »
I was always intrigued by the fact that most of the smart people I’ve met tend to be vainer that everyone else. Of course, this is a subjective, possibly flawed assessment, because I obviously have no way to measure vanity (and quantifying intelligence is not always very precise, either).
These days, young people talk a lot about money and famous people. Girls want to go out with the popular boys; popularity can have several different meanings, and in some cases, even that they’re good at illicit activities. Again and again, we see in the news violent crimes that were committed by affluent young people,… Read More »