The dangers of an unchecked Pursuit of Happiness

In this world, gratitude to the past and obligations to the future are replaced by a nearly universal pursuit of immediate gratification: culture, rather than imparting the wisdom and experience of the past so as to cultivate virtues of self-restraint and civility, becomes synonymous with hedonic titillation, visceral crudeness, and distraction, all oriented toward promoting consumption, appetite and detachment. As a result, superficially self-maximizing, socially destructive behaviors begin to dominate society.

Why Liberalism Failed, by Patrick J. Deneen, pg 39

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