Weight is the best metaphor for today’s society

  Recently, I have developed a strong interest in men’s long legs. On the way to work, I often stare at the lower body of boys, and when I encounter long legs, I can’t help but cast envious glances. After fighting my body for nearly a decade, I’ve basically conceded defeat. That body and long legs will probably leave me forever. If you don’t accumulate a few steps, you can’t reach a thousand miles; if you don’t accumulate a small stream, you can’t make a river or sea. I am just a little bit, accumulating myself into a fat man.
  A colleague once commented on my figure, saying that it was the company’s Schrödinger’s mystery – “until the next physical examination day, you will never know whether Zhang Heng is a fat person or a normal weight”. The only certainty is that I will never be skinny. Due to the effect of intermittent weight loss, my weight has occasionally dropped, but the overall weight curve has continued to rise if the historical perspective is relaxed. After more than ten years of practical research, I have concluded a philosophical point of view, which I call “dialectical materialism’s view of weight”. The development of anything is the unity of progress and tortuousness, and so is weight. History and weight, are moving forward in twists and turns.
  The thinker Sontag said that disease is a metaphor. I think so does the weight. Anyone struggling with weight will probably agree with this judgment: It’s too hard to lose weight. There has never been a course to teach people to grow fat, but there are countless courses for weight loss; no one has ever learned how to buy and buy daily necessities, but some people have learned or paid people to do it. Thinkers hope that people will be alert to this phenomenon and rack their brains to study the secrets of the age of consumption. And the anxiety under the epidemic has undoubtedly made this situation aggravated. According to media reports, there are more and more “apocalyptic survival madness”. Some people develop caves to store supplies. The food at home can last for a year, and the canned food is too much to eat. Worrying about the shortage of materials in the future, they hoarded the materials until they could not finish eating them. This behavior is very dialectical and very “materialistic”. The hoarding thinking engraved in human genes is destined to make us believers of fetishism one by one.
  People who have finally come to their senses, like me losing weight, have decided to distance themselves from the increase in consumption. On the social networking site Douban, 330,000 people joined the “Don’t Buy | Consumerism Retrograde” group; another 180,000 people gathered in the “If We Can Be Happy Without Consumption” group to warm up; Low Consumption Institute” group. There are countless other anti-consumption groups with less than 100,000 members—even groups that teach people how to subtract are constantly increasing.
  I was curious about the resolute anti-consumption behavior of young people. I clicked on “Don’t Buy | Consumerism Retrograde” to find out. The first item on the top turned out to be “Skin Care/Makeup/Medical Beauty Single Product Consultation Building”. The landlord wrote in the post: “In view of the increasing demand of the sisters in the group, it is better to block than to sparse, so we have opened a special post.” Good “blocking is worse than sparse”, in the group, there are also clothing in this name. , shoes, bags, mobile phones, computers, game consoles… Countless people share their valuable items in the group, probably the original intention is to let people have a clear shopping goal and not buy randomly. However, when I look at dozens or hundreds of recommended information about electronic products, how can I feel that the shopping cart is just about to move? Ah, no, it was my desire to inflate.
  As early as 1958, American economist Galbraith wrote a book called “Abundant Society”. In the book, he raised an epoch-making problem: the premise of traditional economics is to study material scarcity and try to solve this problem. , but what if our society has ended material scarcity? In his view, the society at that time is like this – production is not to solve scarcity, not to solve human needs, but to meet the growing desire of human beings. In the decades after him, this trend intensified. Not only materially, but also spiritually, satisfying desires has become the main trend of contemporary urban society. There are wardrobes full of clothes, mobile phone screens full of apps, and more and more books on the bookshelf that may never be read in this lifetime. And, how many people like me are destined to live with their No. 98 high-standard fat for life?
  After all, everything in life is a battle with your own desires. So – I felt my plump chin and thought – man, you are my enemy.