Category Archives: unhappiness

All is vanity and vexation of spirit

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 08.13.28On the Tennessee Williams character Big Daddy Pollitt:

There is a snobbery attached to lowliness of origins….Big Daddy learns that…success, which has permitted him to dominate…, is powerless against death….Success is…illusory.

Williams, writes Dalrymple,

exposes the…underside of meritocracy….When you fail…you have no one to blame but yourself. It is…better to fail where there is injustice….[Williams] has [an]… unwelcome message for our time, which regards unhappiness as pathological….We are not unhappy any more, but depressed….In the modern world…Big Daddy…would…have been…given antidepressants….[They] wouldn’t have worked…but…they would have prevented…the need to look inwards.