"Mulder 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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