Narcissus Pining for His Own Image

Roger Cohen has an interesting perspective on the healthcare debate. He writes that we’re all so wrapped up in our own lives, what he calls “frenzied individualism,” that we can’t come together to accomplish what is in our own best interests, namely fixing healthcare. He points us to Alain Ehrenberg, a French author and psychologist, whose new book “The Malaise Society” (with apologies to President Carter) makes the case that Western culture is afflicted by a narcissistic neurosis.

He quotes a friend of his who makes the most succinct argument for a public option that I’ve heard yet:

When it comes to health it makes sense to involve government, which is accountable to the people, rather than corporations, which are accountable to shareholders.

Narcissus by Caravaggio


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