takedown on “mindfulness” #EvgenyMorozov quotes a curious piece by
Meditation, Wellness and Their Connection to Corporate America's Bottom Line.”
There, Huffington points to research indicating that mindfulness can make
everyone more resistant to stress and thus happier and more productive –
boosting both individual happiness and the corporate bottom line: “Stress-reduction and
mindfulness don't just make us happier and healthier, they're a proven
competitive advantage for any business that wants one."
I initially thought this
was meant as a spoof, but I guess it isn’t. How about, then, making work and
the rat race a bit less stressful, so there is less need for Zen-like
detachment and other self-management techniques? Or expanding economic
opportunity for the young, to say nothing of dampening inequality? Such
adjustments, apparently, could hurt profitability and competitiveness, and
cannot be seriously considered. Huffington, by the way, passes for a leftist
public intellectual – representing, I guess, the old “new left” (to be
distinguished from the NewNewLeft whose political rise #PeterBeinart anticipates).