this is in contrast to the Asian idea that family links one to our children and our ancestors.
To invent one's self is to abolish one's past, and, by implication to cut off one's future, for one's children (if any there be) also will reinvent themselves, and abhor their parents as intensely as their parents abhorred their grandparents.
one is reminded of Chesterton's quip, that when one gives up belief in God, one ends up believing in anything.The self-inventors are lost in time, as it were, condemned to find meaning in the fleeting and unsubstantial moment.... Their illusory sense of meaning can survive only in an echo chamber where it is constantly reinforced by group-think.
but fringe people have always existed, even in Asia, where they are tolerated, but not seen as role models.
Alas, in Obamaland, they not only became role models with the MSM pushing their lifestyles as "good", but we started seeing the threat of legal punishment if we didn't agree.
and then Trump came...The progressives felt themselves on the verge of turning America into a gigantic echo-chamber. Except for tiny pockets of resistance, they control the universities. They dominate the mainstream media and mainstream culture... And they had a Democratic administration ready to cut off funding to schools that didn't let boys-who-say-they-are-girls into the girls' room.
for later reading
The Latest trend for yuppies who have too much stuff: Minimalism.
WTF? for someone bragging they are "minimalists" they seem to have a lot of stuff...
and the "tiny house" they show as an example is actually a nice size.
but the best comment on the trend comes from Instapundit:
if you think having a chicken coop is about “simplicity,” it’s because you’ve never kept chickens.-----------------------------