That’s one way of putting my point: there’s a capitalist conspiracy or hustle against introverts. This is exactly why, for example, capitalist cultures approve of stimulants like coffee and nicotine, but place a taboo on entheogens like cannabis. Some drugs are good for business, others are conducive to spirituality, self-reflection, or enlightenment.

In this article I was simply musing that the quarantine may present us with an ironic reversal, a circumstance in which extroverts get to see what it’s like to be forced into a box. Hitherto, it was the introvert who had to submit to the extrovert’s biases, since the latter dominate public life in capitalist, consumerist societies. Now that that public life has temporarily ended in rich countries, the tables have somewhat turned. As I said, the irony is imperfect, because extroverts still have social media to distract them and to save them from the perils of self-reflection.

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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