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Coming of age day | Toshimaen amusement park | Tokyo, Japan 2017 | foto: Kiyoshi Ota

Everything in our background has prepared us to know and resist a prison when the gates begin to close around us . . . But what if there are no cries of anguish to be heard? Who is prepared to take arms against a sea of amusements? To whom do we complain, and when, and in what tone of voice, when serious discourse dissolves into giggles? What is the antidote to a culture’s being drained by laughter? — Neil Postman

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy — Blaise Pascal

What you think is an illusion created by your glands, your emotions and, in the last analysis, by the content of your stomach. That gray matter you’re so proud of is like a mirror in an amusement park which transmits to you nothing but distorted signals from reality forever beyond your grasp — Ayn Rand

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