We learn to pretend

“There is such an unbelievable amount that we’re all supposed to be able to cope with these days,” says Frederik Backman in his book Anxious People. “You’re supposed to have a job, and somewhere to live, and a family, and you’re supposed to pay taxes and have clean underwear and remember the password to your damn Wi-Fi….

“So we learn to pretend, all the time, about our jobs and our marriages and our children and everything else. We pretend we’re normal, that we’re reasonably well educated, that we understand ‘amortization levels’ and ‘inflation rates.’”

I heard Frederik Backman speak at an Arts & Letters virtual presentation, and I couldn’t resist reading his book.


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