thought for a few moments, then said --
'A great man once said, *It does me no injury for my neighbor
to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my
pocket nor breaks my leg.* That may be true, but the global
culture of shopping and consuming certainly does its best to
pick our pickets. It also tries to break the legs of our
personal convictions. If it can't stop them, though, then it
will try to tame them. Groups such as MMLJ and Aquarius believe
themselves to be rejecting the spiritual emptiness of mass
culture, but they are merely absorbing that emptiness. And who
among us is any different? What excuses do we make for buying
goods? What do we tell ourselves when we follow bands on tour or
go to conventions based on television shows?'
'Well, I don't do either of those things...' Scully said.
'Please, I'm on a roll here. . . '"
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