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    Every invention creates new needs, but the biggest needs are not for new and more advanced versions of the last invention but for solutions to the social problems the last invention created.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: problem 
     
    A true community maximizes the potential of whatever human resources exist within it (by allowing for all possible combinations), while networks minimize such utilization, since it's limited by each individual's capacity to absorb unsettling stimuli (new combinations).
    — Philip Slater
    If we define pornography as any message from any communication medium that is intended to arouse sexual excitement, then it is clear that most advertisements are covertly pornographic.
    — Philip Slater
    At a conservative estimate, there are probably a million men and women in their twenties and thirties who would happily work long hours doing what most needs to be done, if they were paid something for it.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: men  work  women  conservative 
     
    Every time we buy something we deepen our emotional deprivation and hence our need to buy something.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: time  emotional 
     
    We seek more and more privacy, and feel more and more alienated and lonely when we get it.
    — Philip Slater
    People can bear anything.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: people 
     
    One of the main reasons wealth makes people unhappy is that it gives them too much control over what they experience. They try to translate their own fantasies into reality instead of tasting what reality itself has to offer.
    — Philip Slater
    The rule in our society is that while those who kill once make wretched a single person are severely punished, those (heads of state, inventors, manufacturers) who are responsible for the death, mutilation or general wretchedness of thousands or millions are rewarded with fame, riches and prizes... If you are going to rob, rob big; if you're going to kill, kill big.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: death  people  society  fame  rules 
     
    A coincidence is a trend we have decided not to take seriously.
    — Philip Slater
    It is a mistake - as so many over-centralized socialist societies have discovered - to try to eliminate money as an incentive. Money is one incentive among many, and has its place. But to put no limits on the impulse to accumulate money obsessively is as destructive as to place no limits on the impulse to commit violence. A viable democratic society needs a ceiling and a floor with regard to the distribution of wealth and assets.
    — Philip Slater
    Most of us would like to end our lives feeling both that we had a good time and that we left the world a little better than we found it.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: time  live  world 
     
    Despair ... is the only cure for illusion. Without despair we cannot transfer our allegiance to reality - it's a kind of mourning period for our fantasies. Some people do not survive this despair, but no major change within a person can occur without it.
    — Philip Slater
    Every apathetic individual is a brick in a tyrant's throne.
    — Philip Slater
    Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they'll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.
    — Philip Slater
    tags: happiness  people  job  money 
     
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