Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from the things she found in gift shops.
Kurt Vonnegut 1969 and true to this day…
We lost a big part of America when they successfully convinced the lower and middle classes to love trinkets over a simple existence. We lost more of America when we were taught Willy Loman’s golden carrot dream was more noble and righteous than being a blue collar worker of integrity and pride and stability in loving and providing for our families basic needs. The blame is almost never completely unilateral, but those who entice have motive beyond mutual respect and that motive almost always involves the destabilization and plundering of others.