You Are Not So Smart’s latest podcast is about the need for ‘authenticity’ in spectacular society.
There are myriad status hierarchies to suit every need. Unable to win at what you’re doing? Pick a new game! What clever primates we are!
I very much appreciated the obvious point in the Q&A about beauty as competitive behavior that bubbles up naturally based on obvious personal incentives rather than something imposed by advertising.
Obvious related earworm: