Why do men and women like to advertise themselves so much? Is it not but an instict derived from the days of slavery?

Kakuzo Okukura, from The Book of Tea

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Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.

Nelson Mandela

I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals; I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

Roland Barthes, in Mythologies (a great favorite in my youth)