Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Hoi Polloi

Read this rather odd comment by Carla Bruni Sarkozy in an interview with Vogue :

"If you are lucky enough to have a privileged life, it's sad to remain infantile and spoiled. You have to get rid of your neuroses and take responsibility for your own life."

Who would have guessed that the not so privileged would have no choice but to remain in a permanently infantile state trapped in their innumerable neuroses. Just as they are not able to afford the expensive spa-treatments, plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentistry and such, likewise their minds would not benefit from the services of a shrink. Untended and untamed, their minds would resemble their cluttered attics and basements ; equally lacking in hygiene. They would also not be taking any responsibility for themselves or their lives per Bruni Sarkozy.

A vast majority of the planet's inhabitants would fit this bill. For the select few that are able to go on the couch 2-4 times a week, it must be a terrifying world to inhabit. The closest equivalent I can think of is being lost in the Amazonian rain-forest sans food or compass with an assortment of dangerously wild animals in hot pursuit. In all, this is quite a revelation - at least to me.

1 comment:

Priyamvada_K said...

"If you are lucky enough to have a privileged life, it's sad to remain infantile and spoiled. You have to get rid of your neuroses and take responsibility for your own life."

Who would have guessed that the not so privileged would have no choice but to remain in a permanently infantile state trapped in their innumerable neuroses.


HC,
I read Carla Bruni's comment very differently. I don't believe she says what you think she's saying.

Many over-privileged people can be infantile and spoiled. Paris Hilton is one celebrity example. There are also innumerable people who have Mom and Dad handing them things on a platter. They too are irresponsible, and have a sense of entitlement. Where is room for personal growth or responsibility when you have the easy life, and others are doing things for you?

I think Bruni is referring to this set, and saying they need to grow up and be responsible for their own lives. I agree with her in the sentiment "If you have a privileged life, consider yourself lucky. But privilege or no privilege, you STILL need to grow up and be responsible for your own life".

Priya.