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Bobos’ In Paradise Essay

1106 words - 5 pages

What is the purpose of life? To earn inexhaustible money and a high social status in a business cocktail gathering or to have an unrestrained life which one can do anything according to one’s will?

BOBOS’ in Paradise is written by David Brooks, who is a political and cultural commentator and working for New York Times. He is also the editor and commentator of different news and magazines. The key term of the title of this book – BOBO is Brook’s famous coinage, which uses to describe the new class that arouse after the 1990s.

What is BOBO? It is the combination of bourgeois, those defend the tradition morality of the middle class and advocate capitalism, and bohemian, those flout ...view middle of the document...

The third chapter is about the intellectual life, some representable ways to express the social status is to marketing themselves by writing a self-appraisal, publishing a book, or on show on a television.

The forth part is about the pleasure. It spends a number of pages talking about sexuality such that the performance of the BOBOs have constructed a new standard to regulate the senses of what is a permissible pleasure which has combined the self-control of the bourgeois and emancipation of the bohemian. In the chapter of spiritual life, BOBOs have emphasized on how backward-looking it is. Through looking back the past, in order to rediscover some more natural ways of connecting with the world, using old values to reconnect with patient, rooted and uncluttered realms. The last chapter is about politics. It listed out two most important words on this topic – community and control. This is the idea adhering bohemian about the free expression, especially the cultural freedom like freedom of thought and sexual. Meanwhile it also includes the idea of the bourgeois in expanding the economic and political freedom.

There are three topics that are quite interesting to discuss about which are their consumption behavior, the business life and their way to enjoy their pleasure.

In terms of BOBOs’ consumption, the book has mentioned seven codes of financial correctness. Take Hong Kong as an example, it is regarded as a sumptuous city such that all the people in middle class or higher class spent lots of money in their living. They would spend hundreds of dollar in buying a simple white T-shirt, purchase organic miniature potatoes which only grow in certain soil in France which cost ten times more than a normal potato produced in China. Some people may recognize that as an act of extravagance and the following of the bourgeois’ behavior. However it is not the whole picture.

The book lists out some rules in spending money wisely which is also protecting this argument. For example, only vulgarians spend lavish amounts of money on luxuries and cultivated people restrict their lavish spending to necessities, it emphasizes on the difference between needs and wants. For instance, since bathing is necessary in daily life, it is reasonable to spend...

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