Luckily, there’s no shortage of it. There’s also no shortage of bitterness, fatalism, narcissism, solipsism, despair and disillusionment, but these are like CO2 to the fertile plant growth of our imagination. We thrive on them.
Our symbol is the cheeseburger because it expresses all of what goes on in the modern mind:
The cheeseburger, however, is not the only “modern” food:
You got me thinking about what types of food are popular in modern times. While I think canned food is emblematic of the era, I also noted that in addition to your favorite (pizza) there are sandwiches, the burrito, the salad and the wrap. These are all popular because, like modernity itself, they are the same mundane experience dressed up as variety. Itâ€™s all surface â€” if you put avocado on/in your pizza/salad/wrap/burrito, itâ€™s California style; if you add chicken and peanuts, itâ€™s Thai; if you scatter pineapple on it, itâ€™s Hawaiian. But underneath itâ€™s the same carb-heavy, fat-heavy sort of nutritionless stuff. This reminds me of how modern society creates anonymous hallways and gridded cities, then creates drama to distract us from the basic pointlessness of it all. – The Thinking Housewife
Modernity, like its food, is the convenient disguised as the exotic.
We take life and distill it to the mundane, then offer it aggressively as a product, and let commerce and popularity rule the day.
To make people think they still live a life worth living, we trick it out with unique, ironic, bizarre, unusual and illogical combinations of accessories.
Thus you get a hot dog with avocado on it, a burrito enclosing stuffed eggplant and barbecue sauce, Thai chicken on a pizza, and whale blubber on your cheeseburger. It’s novelty and false variation.
Future anthropologists will have a field day with our “food” when they dig up the ruins.